Seeds for Natural Insect Repellent Plants and Pesticides

A note from one of our customers:

"I am very pleased with the assortment of fragrant and bug-repelling plant seeds I bought from you this season. I had difficulty growing most of them inside, but have had great success by seeding outside in midsummer. Even the fleabane daisies have sprouted outdoors here in central New Jersey, when I planted them during a hot spell in July.
I am pleased to have you as my exclusive seed source." Michael, New Jersey

Synthetic pesticides are more of a threat to man than the insects it would seem. As each generation of insects become more immune the pesticide, stronger and more potent insecticides are released. In the meantime we humans are absorbing these chemicals as they permeate our homes, gardens and lawns and in turn we are depleting the quality of our health and the health of our pets. We hope that most American gardeners will help reverse this trend by using natural pest deterrents that have been used successfully for generations. We offer the following seeds to aid them in their efforts.

Seeds for Insecticide/Pesticide Plants
D7945 Citrodora Eucalyptus ( Eucalyptus citrodora )
Commonly known as Lemon Bush. This aromatic plant starts easily from seed. When grown in a container, it only reaches 3 to 4 feet tall. No matter where you live, you can grow this lovely plant from seed in your own home and enjoy the fresh lemony fragrance. Its fresh and lemony aroma is uplifting and simply brushing the leaves will release more fragrance that will remind you of the citronella candles sold to repel mosquitos. Outside in warm zones, it will grow into a small tree, but is most commonly grown as a container plant in cooler zones. It produces sword-shaped gray-green leaves, tiny white blooms, and a bit of red fall foliage change. For growing indoors, find a nice container and grow from seed in a bright window. It can also be grown outdoors, but bring it in before the first frost to winter it indoors.
Oil from the leaves is applied to the skin as a medicine and insect repellent. Citrodora Ecalyptus oil is used for preventing mosquito and deer tick bites. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs used to relieve congestion. The oil has a strong fresh citronella-like odor with a sweet balsamic undertone. Very effective insect repellent due to a higher citronellal content than citronella ( which is commercially harvested from citronella grass, a different type of plant and is used in many insect repellants ). Eucalyptus Citriodora has good branching and makes an attractive container plant with wonderful citrus-spice fragrance. It is actually an herb, and its 3-inch leaves are bold and dramatic indoors, and the white summer blooms add another interesting dimension to this versatile plant. The plants are winter hardy in USDA zones 8-11, but can be grown as a container plant or annual in any zone.
Trees bloom in winter in outside in warm zones, in the greenhouse they bloom in late winter to early spring. The white blooms are not very distinctive. The blooms are followed by woody urn-shaped capsules about 3/8 of an inch wide.

Eucalyptus citriodora need full sun with a well-drained soil mix for container growing. Most gum trees grow in very nutrient poor soils and fertilizer is not needed; however container plants should be feed once during the spring. To control the size of the trees in containers, do all pruning and repotting in late to early spring after flowering.
How to start seeds and grow: Start seed indoors into a starter tray. ( We like to leave seed packet in the fridge for 30 days before sowing, this seems to enhance the germination ). Press the seed into the soil and cover lightly, about twice the thickness of the seed. Keep the seeds moist by watering from underneath. Once the seedlings are 4 to 5 inches tall, transplant into containers. Start with a 1 to 2 gallon container with potting mix and after a year or so, transplant into a larger 3 to 5 gallon container. Feed monthly during the growing season with water soluable plant food or mix granular 5-10-10 fertilizer with micronutrients into the soil each year.
  250mg Package ( about 50 seeds ) $2.95
D1704 Mountain Tobacco Nicotinia Attenuata
A graceful and ornamental species, small plants grow only 2-3 tall with yellow or green flowers. Has a very high nicotine content. A very popular tobacco with the Navajo Indians. It is an all purpose plant. I recommend using it as an ornamental, filler and pesticide base and for making tobacco dust for the garden .
To make the perfect garden pesticide, mix 1 teaspoon of powdered dried leaves with one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent into one gallon of water. Apply with sprayer.
  $2.50 per pack 40-50 seeds
D1708 Kentuck Coffee Tree Gymnocladus dioica
A large shade tree with long leaves that are pinkish in spring, green in summer and yellow in fall. The seeds can be roasted and eaten like nuts or made into a coffee substitute. The bruised foliagewhen sprinkled with sweetened water will attract and kill flies. Can be raised in containers.
  Package of 3 seeds $2.00
D1711 Black Locust, False Acacia Acacia robinia
Beautiful ornamental loaded with white fragrant flowers. An excellent shade tree with acacia type foliage. The fragrant flowers can be smelled for hundreds of ft. in spring. The bruised foliage mixed with sugar will attract and kill flies.
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
D1717 Osage Orange Maclura
A fast growing shrub often grown as a hedge. Pretty foliage with greenish flowers. Good as a background or border plant.
Recent research suggests that elemol, another component extractable from the fruit, shows promise as a mosquito repellent with similar activity to DEET in contact and residual repellency. Notes:The Osage-orange is commonly used as a tree row windbreak in prairie states, which gives it one of its colloquial names, "hedge apple". It was one of the primary trees used in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Great Plains Shelterbelt" WPA project, which was launched in 1934 as an ambitious plan to modify weather and prevent soil erosion in the Great Plains states, and by 1942 resulted in the planting of 30,233 shelterbelts containing 220 million trees that stretched for 18,600 miles (29,900 km). The sharp-thorned trees were also planted as cattle-deterring hedges before the introduction of barbed wire and afterward became an important source of fence posts. The heavy, close-grained yellow-orange wood is very dense and is prized for tool handles, treenails, fence posts, electrical insulators, and other applications requiring a strong dimensionally stable wood that withstands rot. Straight-grained osage timber (most is knotty and twisted) makes very good bows. In Arkansas, in the early 19th century, a good Osage bow was worth a horse and a blanket. Additionally, a yellow-orange dye can be extracted from the wood, which can be used as a substitute for fustic and aniline dyes. When dried, the wood has the highest BTU content of any wood, and burns long and hot. Today, the fruit is sometimes used to deter spiders, cockroaches, boxelder bugs, crickets, fleas, and other arthropods.
Leaves turn bright yellow in fall, thorny branches, bears inedible round fruit 3-5" in diameter. The fruit is prized for it's ability to repel insects and spiders when scattered around home foundations. The crushed fruits of this plant are said to attract and kill cockroaches. Can be raised as container plant in northern states.
The wood is sought after for recurve bow making. Both male and female plants are needed to produce fruit. The ratio of male/female plants the seeds produce is up to mother nature, but a pack of 10 seeds always produces a mix of male/female plants in all of our previous field trials. Can be grown in zones 4-9.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.45
HR123 Catnip ( Nepeta cataria )
A very easy to grow plant for pots, baskets and gardens.
Catnip is a perennial herb from the mint family. It has a square, hairy stalk with typically gray green colored heart shaped leaves that have scalloped edges. Flowers grow in spikes, reaching 1/2 inch in length.
It is best known for its ability to get cats high.
Native to Europe and Asia, catnip became naturalised in North America and Canada after being introduced by the colonists in the 1600s. The name Nepeta is believed to have come from the town of Nepete in Italy, and Cataria is thought to have come from the Latin word for cat.
The active ingredient that causes a high in cats is an essential oil called nepetalactone, which can be found in the leaves and stems of the plant.

Because cats affected by catnip roll on the floor, which mimics a female in estrus, it has been suggested that the plant acts as an aphrodisiac, but this is unlikely, as males react the same way as females. What is probable is the cat is reacting to similar feel good pheromones released during sexual courtship/activity. However, non sexual behaviour including playing, chasing, and hunting can also be observed.
Around 50 to 66% of cats are affected by catnip, and to differing degrees. Kittens younger than eight weeks old aren't able to enjoy its effect; in fact, they show an aversion to it. The response to catnip is mediated through the olfactory system. When nepetalactone enters the cat's nasal passages, it binds to olfactory receptors located at the olfactory epithelium. This stimulates sensory neurons, which trigger neurons in the olfactory bulb to send signals to the brain. The response to catnip is inherited as an autosomal dominant gene, which means the gene only needs to be passed on from one parent.
It's not just domesticated cats who enjoy the effects of catnip; many other wild species of cats also enjoy it. Cats can smell 1 part per billion in the air. Males and females, fertile or desexed there appears to be no one group more readily affected by catnip than another.
A typical response includes sniffing, chewing, licking, head shaking, and chin, cheek, and body rubbing (in that order). Additional responses may include stretching, drooling, jumping, licking, aggression, and hyperactivity. Sniffing that produces the high; it is believed that cats eat catnip to bruise the catnip, thereby releasing more of the nepetalactone. The high produced will usually last between five and ten minutes, followed by a one hour refractory period.
Interestingly, researchers say that nepetalactone is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET, which is the active ingredient in most insect repellents. It was also discovered that catnip repels cockroaches! Plants aren't alone in containing nepetalactone; some insects and ants also contain it. It's been speculated that this protects them from other insects.
Rats and mice are also believed to have a strong dislike of catnip and will avoid places where it grows.
Is catnip harmful to cats? Catnip is not harmful to your cat. They won't overdose on it. Most cats know when they've had enough and will refuse any further offers.
A perennial best suited for zones 4-9.
  Package of 100 seeds $1.95
D1714 Chinaberry Tree Melia azedarach
A handsome and dense tree. The profuse berries are used to make necklaces and insecticides. Also called Lilac Tree, Pride of India and Bead Tree. To make flea repellent for lawns, mix 1 tablespoon of dry, powdered berries with on teaspoon of dishwashing detergent to a gallon of water and spray on lawns with a sprayer. This will also repel flying insects as well.
  Package of 4 seeds $1.95
D1719 Shoo-Fly Plant Nicanda Physalodes
A vigorous bushy annual to 2-5 ft. tall with sky-blue bell flowers a inch wide, followed by unusual, papery 5 wing pods that are excellent for dried arrangements. A beautiful ornamental that is raised around greenhouses for its possible fly repelling and killing properties. Said to attract and kill white flies.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
D1721 Blazing Star ( Liatris spicata )
A beautiful plant often raised for its ornamental appeal. Has rosy purple spikes of flowers up to 15" long. The dried roots of the plant have a soft vanilla smell and will repel moths when placed among clothes. A hardy perennial that is easy to grow from seeds reaching 3-6 ft. tall.
  Package of 20 seeds $2.95
3377 Gopher Spurge Euphorbia latyrus
While we realize the gopher is not an insect, we have had many requests for these seeds. The plant is said to produce a acrid milky juice in its roots that gophers cannot stand. It is said one should plant several of these plants in the yard and garden to discourage the pests.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.75
D1724 Rosemary Rosemarinus officinalis
Evergreen aromatic shrubs from the Mediterranean. Grows 2-6 ft. with pale blue 1/2" flowers and attractive foliage. Powdered Rosemary leaves are used as a flea and tick repellent. Simply dust the powder onto the pet or areas where the pet sleeps. A very effective and safe repellent.
  Package of 20 seeds. $1.95
D1727 Wormwood ( Artemisia absinithium )
A hardy perennial to 3-5 ft. with gray, silky foliage and leafy spikes of small flowers. Hardy throughout the US. Easy to grow from seeds. Has many uses as food seasoning and medicinal plant. Powdered dust from the plant sprinkled on plants and the soil will deter many insects. Not because it is toxic, but simply because they do not like its fragrance. Cannot ship to ND, SD, MN
  Package of 20 seeds $1.95
D1729 Pennyroyal ( Mentha pelugium )
A small leaved perennial herb that has spikes of lavender, fragrant flowers. Ground pennyroyal is one of the most effective tick deterrents available.
As a flea deterrent, dried pennyroyal leaves can be scattered around pet's bedding area.
As a pest repellent, crushed pennyroyal stems stuck in your hat and pockets really will repel gnats and mosquitoes. Dog owners often see their dogs rolling in pennyroyal patches, and dog instincts can usually be trusted.
  2mg Package of about 25-30 seeds $1.95
HR350 Lemon Basil
An aromatic tender annual with small pretty flowers and lemony fragrance. An attractive plant that is easy to grow. When planted in the garden close to tomatoes, it not only improves the taste of the tomatoes but deters white flies as well.
 125mg Package ( about 50 seeds ) $1.75
D1739 True Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia )
A beautiful aromatic perennial that is hardy to zone 5 and can be raised in tubs in colder climates. The most fragrant lavender. Beautiful lavender flowers on long stems and narrow green leaves. Sow in fall or spring. When planted in the garden, it will deter pests with its fragrance. When dried and placed in closets and drawers with clothes, it will deter moths and lend its wonderful fragrance to the clothes.
  Package of 40 seeds $1.95
D1745 Sage ( Salvia officinalis )
Every garden should have a little sage. Its use as a food season, and its medicinal values have been known for centuries. In the garden, it should be planted next to cabbage as it will improve the taste of the plant and repel cabbage worms and moths.
  Package of 25 seeds $1.95
D1751 Pyrethrum Plant ( Chrysanthemum )
Also known as Tanacetum cinerariifolium. An amazing and beautiful plant grown throughout the world, it is hardy to zone 4 in the USA, makes a wonderful flower bed plant or container plant.
A beautiful daisy that is hardy and blooms throughout the spring and summer. The dried flowers are used to make probably the best natural pesticide available. Simply drying the flowers and making a dust or spray is a great way to control insect pests.
The plant is economically important as a natural source of insecticide. The flowers are pulverized and the active components, called pyrethrins, contained in the seed cases, are extracted and sold in the form of an oleoresin. This is applied as a suspension in water or oil, or as a powder.
Pyrethrum insecticide is one of the most widely used natural insecticides in existence. Pyrethrins work as a contact insecticide, the insect only has to be touched by the substance for it to take effect. When not present in amounts fatal to insects, they still appear to have an insect repellent effect. It will inhibit the biting reflex in female mosquitoes. Crucially, although pyrethrum acts quickly on insect pests, it is relatively non-toxic to humans and warm-blooded animals.
Pyrethrins are not persistent, being biodegradable and also decompose easily on exposure to light. They are considered to be amongst the safest insecticides for use around food.
An on-line resource for making your own pyrethrum at home. It is so easy to do!
Sowing: Sow late winter to late Spring (Feb to May) or Late Summer to Autumn ( August to October) Sow pyrethrum seeds in pots indoors or sow directly where they are to flower in a prepared bed in late spring once all danger of frost has passed. For the best results, choose a planting location that receives full sun and has very well-drained soil of average fertility.

For sowing indoors, sow in pots or trays containing good seed compost. Barely cover the seeds with a fine sprinkling of compost and make sure the compost is kept moist but not wet. Germination usually takes 30 to 60 days at 55°F.
Transplant the indoor seedlings when large enough to handle into pots and grow on. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Space 12 inches apart. Water regularly for the first two weeks of growth for container-grown plants to allow them time to become established. Increase watering during times of drought or extreme heat.

  50mg package ( about 35-40 seeds. $2.25
TPF062 Fleabane Daisy Erigeron speciosus
An annual plant growing 16-24" tall with violet, daisy like flowers. Good in full sun or partial shade. Roman naturalists detected that this herb repelled fleas, hence the name. Grow in your garden to control insects, and rub the green leaves on your clothing or pets to repel fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, gnats and flies.
  Package of 100 seeds $2.50
Z1517 Mother of Cocao "Madre de Cacao" ( Gliricidium sepum )
This legume is a deciduous tree to 30' with mimosa type foliage. Flowers are pink to light pink in color, fading to white with brown spots or faint purple with age. A rather attractive small shrub when young, it has many uses. Flowers are bee forage. Cooked leaves and flowers are used as a human food. Gliricidia is used to make medicines, rodenticides and insecticides. It is also used as a windbreak and ornamental. Cut boles are used to propagate orchids.
Grown as a shade tree for both coffee and cacao plants but also seen as a "living fence". Both seeds and bark are poisonous, but the foliage is used as food for livestock. It prefers arid, tropical conditions, but can be grown in tubs inside greenhouses when young.
Gliricidia is used by farmers in some Latin American countries to repel insects. The leaves are ground up and combined with water. The animal is then bathed with the resulting paste.
In the Philippines, gliricidia is washed and pounded to extract the juice from the leaves. It is then applied to the area affected by external parasites once to twice a day for one week. In Guatemala, the bark and leaves of gliricidia are used to treat human skin diseases.
  10 seeds. Price per pack: $3.95
D1788 Deerproof Flower Border Mix
A beautiful mix of annuals and perennials including yarrow, pimpernel, coreopsis, foxglove, poppies, blanketflower sweet alyssum and others that deer do not like. 2 ounce pack of seeds will plant a 500 square ft. area.
 2 ounce Package of seeds $5.95
D1789 Beneficial Insect Plant Mix
A special blend of flowers and plants proven to attract beneficial insects to your garden area. Makes a beautiful border area or can be plant in beds nearby. Contains rye, barley, clovers, alfalfa, fennel, coriander, allysum, yarrow, buckwheat and others. 2 ounce pack of seeds will plant a 350 square ft. area.
 2 ounce Package of seeds $4.95
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Do-it-Yourself Ideals
How to make a homemade mosquito trap.

How to make a homemade fruit fly trap.

How to make a homemade flea trap.

How to make a homemade gnat trap.

How to make a different type gnat trap.

How to make a homemade carpenter bee trap.

THE SAFE INSTANT KILL INSECTICIDE

The most effective insecticide that instantly kills flying and crawling insects on contact but does no harm to mammals or birds is the dried and crushed flowers of the Pyrethrum Plant. This brown powder will kill or stun the insects the moment it touches them but does no harm to pets when sprinkled on their coats. This member of the daisy family is a beautiful ornamental and will compliment any garden or flower bed. While very effective, the dried powder only lasts for a few days. You can prolong its use throughout the year by freezing fresh flower heads in zip-lock bags and drying and crushing them as needed.

THE GREAT MOSQUITOE REPELLENT

Mosquitoes are very sensitive to certain scents, Chamomile and Citriodora especially. Both are easy to grow and both are used in dry flower arrangements. Citriodora is also used in potpourri. To make The Great Mosquito Repellent, take one oz. of green leaves from both plants and boil in a gallon of water. Strain and place in the refrigerator. Before going outside, splash the mixture liberally over your face and exposed parts of your body. You will enjoy the fresh, citrus smell but the mosquitoes will stay far away.

DEWORMING CONCOCTION

This is an old time remedy for deworming dogs and cats. Use full amount on dogs and 1/4 amount on cats. Mix one teaspoon of dried, powdered rosemary and one teaspoon of wormwood with 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground garlic. Mix well and divide into 4 portions. Give pet a portion mixed in with food or pet treat four times a day. Repeat this for 3 days and pet should be completely dewormed.

BUG JUICE

Many gardeners have been making their own free insect repellent for years using nature against itself. They learned that many insects such as beetles will not feed on plants if they smell the dead of their own species. This lead to the creation of the term "bug juice". They collected as many different types of bugs as they could find in the garden, then smashed them into a paste, soaked this solution in water until the next day and splashed onto the plants. To make the best bug juice, use an old blender and add a little dishwashing detergent to the mix to make it adhere better.