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How to Grow the Herbs Basil & Cinnamon

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How to Grow the Herbs Basil & Cinnamon

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Overview

Herbs such as cinnamon and basil are ideal to grow in the home garden for their medicinal, culinary and aromatic properties. Cinnamon can help with stomach discomfort, fever and bad body odor, while basil can bring relief for insect bites and be incorporated into massage oils. Both herbs can be used in cooking or made into culinary oils as well. The key to growing cinnamon and basil is to prepare the soil correctly and to provide proper sun, whether you grow them indoors or outdoors. For outdoor gardening, plant basil and cinnamon after the last frost in late spring.

Step 1

Decide whether you want to grow your basil and cinnamon indoors or outdoors. This can all depend on your climate and region as well as the room you have indoors or outdoors. The location needs to be in full sun.

Step 2

Combine equal parts peat moss, potting soil and rich compost for your soil mix in a planter, or add it to the top foot of the soil in the ground if you are planting the herbs outside.

Step 3

Plant the basil and cinnamon seeds in the soil (in separate pots) according to the packet instructions. Insert them with your finger and make sure to have a label on the pot or sign outdoors to identify the seeds. Keep the pots indoors in full sun, or outdoors in partial shade or full sun.

Step 4

Water each herb according to what they need. Basil's soil needs to be consistently moist. Cinnamon needs moderate watering, and the soil can dry out in between waterings.

Step 5

Cover the pots with plastic wrap to help retain moisture and encourage strong root establishment. After the seeds have sprouted, you can remove the plastic wrap.

Step 6

Fertilize cinnamon every month with a fertilizer high in potassium. Basil does not need fertilizing, although you can do it according to its needs and what the seed packet suggests.

Step 7

Harvest basil when the leaves get too crowded or when the plant grows taller than 6 inches. Always pinch off any flowers that appear.

Step 8

Let cinnamon seedlings mature over the course of a couple years, since it takes this much time to grow and harvest. To harvest cinnamon, cut a branch off (it grows into a tree-like formation). After cutting off a branch, let it sit for about 24 hours, then scrape off the bark outer layer with a knife. Peel back the bark then so it curls backward. This is where cinnamon sticks come from.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds or cuttings
  • Plastic or ceramic pots, 4 inches deep and wide
  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Compost
  • Wooden or plastic plant labels
  • Water
  • Plastic wrap
  • Fertilizer
  • Knife

References

  • West Virginia University: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
  • Top Tropicals: Growing Cinnamon
  • Culinary Herb Guide: GrowingHerbs
Keywords: growing basil, growing cinnamon, growing herbs

About this Author

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.

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