How to Grow Cinnamon at Home

· October 18, 2016
Growing cinnamon at home is an great way to take care of your health. It's also excellent for interior design. Since urban gardens are so popular right now, this is within your grasp.

Cinnamon has benefits that most people aren’t aware of. It’s generally used as an aromatic ingredient in sweets and other recipes. Yet cinnamon isn’t just delicious. Consuming cinnamon frequently is synonymous with taking care of your health and figure. That being said, you might find it useful to learn how to grow cinnamon.

If you are diabetic, this is even more important because cinnamon is your perfect supplement.  Research has shown that it helps control blood glucose levels. So you can still treat to this great spice while doing good for your body.

Cinnamon is also an unbeatable product for people who are on a diet, because sugar is the first thing that should be restricted.

And to take a further look at cinnamon’s benefits, you’ll see that it also helps control blood lipids. They’re responsible for fat turning into triglycerides or cholesterol.

As you can see, growing cinnamon at home can be a very smart choice because you’ll have complete control over its growth and you’ll be able to use it whenever you want.

What you need to grow cinnamon at home

You can grow cinnamon with simple gardening tools and seeds.

A rise in the popularity of organic gardening has made urban gardening much easier.

You no longer need a large piece of land to sow your own vegetables and spices.  All you need is a space with sunlight and access to water, and the other tools are available online or in specialized agricultural stores.

You’ll need the following items:

  • Cinnamon seeds:  They come from blackberries that the bush puts out in winter.  You can’t eat these, but they do contain the seed for this amazing plant.

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  • Small pots for the first growth. As with most cases, to grow cinnamon at home you’ll have to first start with an “incubation” period. We’ll talk about this in a later step.
  • Medium-sized pots. Once the seeds have ripened, you’ll have to plant them in larger pots. Keep in mind that the plant will reach about 120 cm when it grows. After that, it all depends on what you want and the space you have available.
  • Combination of acidic soil, sphagnum peat moss, and perlite. For this spice to develop, it needs a loose and sandy topsoil so that the water drains well. It’s also important to have a high content of organic material.
  • A well-lit place, however not exposed to direct sunlight. Cinnamon prefers humid climates. That’s why if you want to successfully grow cinnamon at home, the area you place it at home is absolutely fundamental.

How to grow cinnamon at home

Here are the leaves you'll see when you grow cinnamon.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll achieve success:

Incubate in a warm place

Cinnamon’s natural habitat is in moist areas. So for this first step, we recommend mixing the substrate with the seeds and leaving them in a bowl in a shady area.

Water daily

Cinnamon can’t go without water. However, the soil you’re going to use for this is perfect, so simply watering once or twice a day will be sufficient.

Transplant at 4 months

At this time, the plant will be mature and you can transplant it into a final pot. Think about the size of the plant, because the best container will depend on the stalk.

Place it in a brighter spot

You'll see these sprouts when you grow cinnamon.

Once you’re ready for this, the seeds will appreciate a bit of light. But remember, the sun rays shouldn’t hit the plants directly.

Water them, but don’t drown them

At this stage you need to make sure they get enough water, just like at the beginning. Don’t water it too much, though, because you could rot the roots if you do.

Using these simple steps will lead you to success without much effort. In addition to its nutritional properties, you’ll leave your friends speechless with its lovely summertime leaves.

Whether they’re yellow or you choose the white variety, they add an incredible decorative touch. They also leave a delicious aroma that will fill your house, giving it a great ambiance.

All of this is within your grasp, and it’s inexpensive.  As you already know, it’s often a good idea to grow your own food for your health and your wallet.

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That’s why we hope you try growing this spice now that you know about its benefits for cleansing your body and sweetening your soul.

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