How to grow Cinnamon at home: easy guide

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) is a very beneficial plant. It has been used since ancient times in medicine and many recipes. It provides many health benefits. Although it can be easily purchased, some people prefer to cultivate it. Growing it can be profitable but grows in tropical or subtropical climates. If you live in a place with such a climate, you can easily grow it. Below we will learn in detail about how to grow cinnamon:
How to grow Cinnamon at home: easy guide
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1. Climate and Location

  • Cinnamon trees prefer warm and humid conditions. They require temperatures between 60-90°F (15-32°C) to produce well as they cannot tolerate frost. They require partial to full sunlight. In very hot climates, it may be beneficial to keep them in some shade during the afternoon. In addition to the above climate, they also need ideal soil. Well-drained, sandy loam soil is ideal for them to grow, with a pH between 4.5 and 6.5.

2. Planting of Cinnamon

Cinnamon can be grown either from seeds or cuttings. To grow from seeds, the seeds must be fresh and should be planted immediately after harvesting. If you are planning to grow it from cuttings, take cuttings from mature plants. Keep the following in mind before growing it:
  1. Seeds: Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours before planting. Plant them in a seed-starting mix and keep them moist.
  2. Cuttings: To plant cuttings, cut a 6-8 inch cutting from a mature cinnamon plant. Remove its lower leaves, dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and plant it in a pot containing a mixture of sand and peat.
  3. Planting location: Choose a location with good drainage. Plant the plants or rooted cuttings in holes that are twice as wide and as deep as the root ball.

3. Care and Maintenance

  • After planting it, it is necessary to take care of it. After planting it, keep its soil constantly moist, for this, water it regularly, but do not let it get waterlogged. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in its soil. Organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure can also be beneficial for this. Mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture and control the soil temperature.

4. Pruning and Harvesting

When the plant starts growing slowly, prune it. Removing dead or diseased branches during pruning can promote its growth. Cinnamon is extracted from the inner bark of the tree. Generally, it is harvested when they are 2-3 years old.
  • Cut the trunk of a 2-3-year-old tree and remove its outer bark. This inner bark curls when it dries.
  • The best time to harvest it is after the rainy season because then the bark peels off easily.

5. Pests and Diseases

  • Cinnamon trees can be affected by pests such as aphids, scales, and mites. To avoid such pests and control the infestation, use neem oil. Sometimes excessive moisture in the trees can cause fungal infections. To prevent such fungal diseases, ensure good air circulation and avoid waterlogging.

6. Growing in Containers

If you live in a cold climate, you can grow cinnamon indoors in a container. To do this, you need to keep the following things in mind:
  1. Container: The container should be large and have good drainage.
  2. Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix.
  3. Light: Place the container in a sunny spot, preferably in the south. You can use grow lights if necessary.

Tips for Success

  • Humidity: Cinnamon trees prefer high humidity. If you are growing it indoors, use a humidifier or place a tray of water near the plant to maintain its humidity level.
  • Patience: Since cinnamon trees grow slowly, you need to be patient. It may take several years to start harvesting its bark.


By adopting the methods above and following all the guidelines, you can successfully grow and enjoy cinnamon.

Remember, before starting any new wellness regimen, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure it is suitable for your specific needs and circumstances.

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