Cinnamon. It's delicious AND nutritious for us. BUT did you know it's beneficial for plants too? We've written countless times about adding more cinnamon to our diets. BUT NOW? Now we write on behalf of your plants, begging you to share the cinnamon benefits with them too. Indoor and outdoor plants benefit from the generous use of cinnamon to keep them healthy. Here are six uses for cinnamon in your garden:
Imagine little sea turtles tucked away in their little sandy womb, breaking their little shells, climbing to the harsh surface, and running to the ocean for shelter. We've all seen the documentaries. The little turtles run, the predators enjoy a baby turtle sandwich. It's the circle of life. But what if I told you that the same thing can happen to your little seedlings?
There may be no birds or sharks attacking the seeds, but there are diseases. The gardening term "dampening off" covers an array of diseases that attack you little seeds and lead to their demise. Dampening off can be caused by several different fungi and soil conditions. Cinnamon, is a proven fungus fighter. Dusting your fresh soil with cinnamon can prevent the seeds from dampening off. It's like you're helping the little baby turtles (seeds) flourish in their new environment.
As mentioned earlier with my little sead turtle analogy, mushrooms don't like cinnamon. Instead of spending a spring afternoon picking annoying wild mushrooms from your garden, give them a little cinnamon dusting and watch them disappear!
Rooting hormone stimulates root growth. Trying to remove chemicals from your household? Easy. Stop buying chemical rooting hormones, just apply cinnamon to the stem when you plant the cutting!
We love cinnamon. Ants do not. Sprinkle cinnamon around your garden beds to kill the ants, and keep them away. Ants in the house? Sprinkle some cinnamon near your entrances and watch the ants flee!
Accidentally cutting or wounding your plants may make you feel guilty and apologetic to your plant. Instead of crying over spilt plant milk, dust some cinnamon on the wound to encourage healing and prevent infection (yes plants can get infections).
Don't forget about your indoor plants while pruning your outdoor ones. Cinnamon helps gets rid of mold and mildew in your plants. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the soil, and watch your plants flourish. Gnat problem? Not a problem. Cinnamon gets rid of gnats in seedlings and houseplants and keeps them away.
Cinnamon is a natural and affordable way to keep you and your plants healthy and flourishing! Say bye to chemicals and HELLO to cinnamon!