Cinnamon was once considered as a gold mine during the time where colonials were traveling around the world looking for spices. Today, cinnamon is a spice that is always present in any culinary activities. I love cinnamon roll and I once used cinnamon to deodorized the house. But did you know that cinnamon is also helpful to plant lovers, gardeners and even farmers. Cinnamon has many uses in our garden.
- Cinnamon serves as Fungicide. If your plant is suffering from any fungal disease, no need to look for chemical fungicide which can harm your health, just get a bottle of cinnamon. Fungus is plant’s health enemy. To make a cinnamon spray, mix the following ingredients; 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder, 2 ground aspirin, and ½ liter of water. Leave them for at least 24 hours and after that strain the mixture and place the water in another container.
- As a Root hormone. In my previous article, we included cinnamon as one of the natural rooting hormones. You can just simply dip the cuttings in the cinnamon before planting it. The cinnamon mixture in #1 can be used as a rooting hormone. A single application to the cuttings will stimulate root growth in almost every plant variety.
- To heal the wounds of your plants. We all want to have lush plants and that is the reason why we prune them. But during pruning, we are wounding the plants and sometimes we accidentally injure our plants. To heal the wounds of our plants, just sprinkle some ground cinnamon on the wound. Diseases and illnesses will be prevented and this will accelerate the plant’s healing process.
- It will deter pests. Dust your soil with cinnamon and you will see less house flies and small bugs that normally live in the soil. Cinnamon also repels ants and if you get rid of ants, you are getting rid of aphids too because they are helping each other. Just try it at home, sprinkle some cinnamon and you will see that ands will never step on the cinnamon. But remember, they will die in the cinnamon but they will just avoid them.
- It will kill wild mushrooms. I love mushroom but there are poisonous mushrooms you can see after the rain and you don’t want your children to touch those wild mushrooms. To remove them, especially if there are so many, just sprinkle some cinnamon and they will no longer be there the next day.
- Seedling protection. Seedlings are our babies in the garden and babies need protection always because they are prone to any diseases. Use cinnamon to protect the seedlings against fungal and other diseases that could cause your seedlings to die. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on the soil around your seedlings so they can grow healthy and disease-free.