How To Grow Cinnamon Trees 

How To Grow Cinnamon Trees 

Ground cinnamon or raw cinnamon sticks are commonly found in kitchens. You’ve seen the dried bark of a cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) plant if you’ve ever handled a cinnamon stick. The Cinnamomum genus has hundreds of species that are native to tropical and subtropical climates. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, with some growing as tall trees and others as smaller shrubs.

The leaves of cinnamon plants are a gʟᴏssy green to yellow-green color, and the plants produce tiny flowers. The oils in the bark and leaves make them fragrant. And the spice is made from the inner bark of different species. Cinnamon species grow slowly to moderately, and they can be planted in the spring or early fall.

Cinnamon is a tropical plant, so you can grow it outside if you live in a warm environment (USDA hardiness zones 10 through 12). Most gardeners begin with young nursery plants rather than seeds.

When planting cinnamon outside, make sure you have adequate space to accommodate the species’ mature size. To ensure that your plant receives enough sunshine, place it several feet away from other trees and plants. Compost the dirt and dig a hole twice the size of your plant’s root ball. Backfill the planting hole with dirt and water thoroughly. Gently press down to remove air pockets.

Cinnamon plants prefer a rich, well-draining soil. A sandy loam will do the trick. Cinnamon plants do not thrive in wet soils, thus heavy clay or hardpan soils are not recommended. Grow cinnamon in pots if your garden soil isn’t fit for it. It requires well-drained, sandy loam soil.

When rain is sparse, you should try to imitate the regular rainfall that these plants enjoy in the tropics with irrigation. Do not allow the soil to totally dry out. Use mulch to keep the roots cool and maintain soil moisture after the top two inches of soil have dried out.To get your cinnamon plant started, use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the planting hole. Then, every spring, fertilize according to the label’s instructions.

Cinnamon can be harvested two to three years after planting, and then every two years thereafter. Individual limbs or the entire tree can be cut down at the trunk. (Ground-grown trees frequently sprout new shoots that will eventually grow into a new tree.) Scʀᴀᴘᴇ away the outer bark to reveal the yellowish-orange layer beneath, which is the plant’s edible component. With a sharp knife or paint scʀᴀᴘᴇr, peel slices of this cinnamon coating, stopping when you see the lighter center.

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