Cinnamon is a delicious herb that makes a wonderful addition to teas, cookies and more! Cinnamon doesn’t just have a permanent home in the spice cabinet. It also has amazing uses to keep your garden healthy and beautiful. Here are 4 uses for cinnamon to get the most out of it in your garden.
4 Reasons to Use Cinnamon in Your Garden
- Fight Fungus
Have you ever had an indoor or outdoor plant that begins to grow mold, sprout fungus or even mushrooms? Sprinkling cinnamon can stop all of these things! The spice has powerful antifungal properties and can help your plants stay fungus-free.
- Repel Ants
Cinnamon keeps pesky ants at bay! When I lived in Oregon last year the ants were crazy in my old house and we had tons of indoor plants. Lining your sliding glass door and walkways with cinnamon not only adds a nice fragrance to your home, but it repels ants and keeps them outdoors where they belong!
- Rooting Agent
Unlike synthetic rooting hormones which may be harmful and certainly aren’t natural, cinnamon can be used as a great way to root plants and graft them. Wet the root or stem of the grafted plant you want to root and roll it in cinnamon powder before planting.
- Deter Pests
Just like cinnamon repels ants in your home due to indoor plants, it also repels pests in the soil and on the plant itself. Dust the dirt with cinnamon and you’ll see a reduction in house flies and small bugs that normally live in the soil.
Cinnamon has a great ability to keep insects and bugs away from your home. It can also be added to sand and mixed into children’s playgrounds for the same benefits. Enjoy cinnamon inside and outside of your home for delicious smelling results!
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Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blogAquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.
12 thoughts on “4 Benefits of Cinnamon for Gardening”
A fabulous and quite a clever post Elizabeth. Also consider using Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil. All you need is 1% Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil diluted with 99% water, mixed in a pump sprayer from Home Depot for just $10. Spray the top soil, patios, root areas to get rid of fungus and ants.
What a great tip! I’ll have to try it. Thanks so much for reading!
Great post Elizabeth. Another economical solution for gardening is use Ceylon Cinnamon leaf oil. Mix 1% Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf oil with a 99% water in pump sprayer ought at Home Depot for $10 and spray. Easier and cheaper than powder.
Wow, I had no idea you could used cinnamon as a rooting agent! I am sooooo doing this! Thank you!!! I do not use chemicals so this is super helpful! You rock! 😀
I’m mad for cinnamon but had no idea you could use it for gardening. I’ll be informing my plant-enthusiast husband about this. Good post.
Thanks! Good luck with your cinnamon adventures =]
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Thank you for this! Especially #2, as we have ants from time-to-time on serious scavenger hunts and I’ve tried many methods to deter them. Will definitely give this a try! Wishing you a lovely day ~ Lisa
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Great blog… especially interesting about Cinnamon being an effective rooting agent. I will have to try that when I next do some cuttings!
Thank you! I love using cinnamon in the garden, it makes everything smell so good. I hope you enjoy it too!
Thanks for stopping by and liking My Little Farm in Town. I also am going to try cinnamon as a rooting agent–and I’ll most likely blog about it! Great info. Begonia
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