Cinnamon can add the perfect touch to everything from desserts to drinks and even oatmeal. However, it’s not always the first plant you think of when home growing comes to mind. But it’s actually quite an easy plant to grow and take care of for years.
Firstly, let’s start with the specifications of cinnamon plants.
You can expect your cinnamon plant to grow anywhere from 3 to 8 feet depending on how much you prune it and how large of a container you use. The main bloom season occurs in spring and summer. You’ll want to give it at least a 14 inch pot to allow for 8 feet of growth.
You’ll want to provide your cinnamon plant with plenty of direct sunlight and well-drained acidic soil and potting mix (suggested: half sphagnum moss and half perlite). Keep the plant in 60 degree temperatures and it can survive in up to zone 10 conditions. Soil should be kept on the drier side to prevent root rot and you can fertilize weekly or biweekly during active growth.
Did you ever realize? Cinnamon sticks are just the dried bark from a mature cinnamon plant and it’s easy to harvest your own.
When it comes to harvesting your cinnamon focus on older growth. You’ll want to cut the cinnamon whips into 3-4 inch pieces. Then, run your knife down the whip, scoring it and peel the bark off. This will naturally curl into the familiar cinnamon shape. Leave the cinnamon stick in an open and warm spot.