Gardening

Repellent plants for cats

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Anti cat plants

Everyone loves cats: they are so loving, funny and agile! They are perfect life companions in the apartment as in the countryside! Sometimes, however, they can cause inconveniences: broken flowers, hollowed pots, crushed plants. How to fix it? There are many possible approaches and it is never necessary to resort to dangerous products or be strict with our pets. Some repellent substances such as pepper, coffee grounds, chili pepper, citrus essence, white vinegar and even naphthalene (to be avoided if there are children!) Can come to our aid; physical barriers are also useful (such as wire nets around the most delicate points).

There are also plants that, placed in strategic ways, can keep our feline friends away, helping us to love them more and more, never regretting their company!


Verbena odorous

The verbena odorosa, scientific name Aloysia citriodora or Lippia citriodora, is a plant native to South America (especially Chile) that gives off a citrus aroma, very pleasant for the human sense of smell. On the contrary, it is hated by all felines for the intensity of the perfume and some notes that completely escape us. It is a perennial plant, but very sensitive to low temperatures: it must be grown as an annual, sowing it every year in February in a hot greenhouse, or it must be collected in a sheltered place when the first colds arrive.

This essence is also appreciated for its other qualities: it can be used for the realization of relaxing herbal teas (for example by combining it with lemon balm, mint or linden). It is then extremely decorative, thanks to the flowers of a beautiful purple-blue spike.

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