What do you think about having your own organic cinnamon perfuming your home? Today we teach you how to grow it
Since childhood, we have been consuming cinnamon in the form of desserts or drinks, but in recent years we have learned much more about this Indian spice, we have adopted other ways of consuming it much more direct because it is the easiest way to incorporate all its nutrients and take advantage of all its benefits.
As we always say, organic products are those that assure us that they are consuming food free of all types of toxic or pesticide. Although we cannot always procure this kind of natural foods, at other times we can access them just by dedicating a little of our time to cultivating them ourselves.
This is also the case of cinnamon which is a not very large tree that we can grow in the garden of our house if we lived in a warm area or also in a pot that we will place inside the rooms.
In the long cinnamon tree it can reach two and a half meters, but in case we want to grow it as an indoor plant we can prune it so that it will not grow more than 120 cm.
The seeds of the cinnamon can be picked up as they mature and can be planted again giving rise to the birth of a new tree.
What should we know in order to grow our own cinnamon tree?
Cinnamon can be reproduced either by means of seeds or by segments (cuttings).
1. Take a small pot or container for seedlings, plant soil and plant your seeds or segments. Remember that they should be healthy and mature tree seeds.
2. Locate the container in a dry place in the shade, but where there is light.
3. Approximately in four months, the seedlings should be moved to the ground in the open air or to a definite larger container for when the tree takes larger dimensions.
4. We should not expose the cinnamon tree to direct light, but neither should it be in a dark place.
5. Keep the desired dimensions of the tree pruning every so much so that the branches do not extend too much.
6. The pots should remain in a warm place and should not be watered excessively since the root can rot.
7. Only after two or three years, you will be able to harvest the cinnamon that will later bear fruit alternate.
8. When the branches reach three cm in diameter and take a violet color is when you must cut to five cm from the trunk so there is room for new shoots. The cuts should be made every two years.
9. The cinnamon that is obtained of better quality is collected from the middle part of the tree, while the quality decreases when it is collected from the base.
10. In case you have difficulty peeling the crust you can soak it with water to make it easier to peel it off.
11. Keep in mind that the inside of the bark is not edible.
12. Once you harvest your first batch of cinnamon, keep it in a cool, dry place inside airtight containers because leaving it outdoors will make it loses its aroma and flavor.
You can now enjoy your own organic cinnamon harvested by your own hands, something that will give you even a touch of additional flavor and in case you keep it inside your home you will have a permanent source of the unparalleled aroma.
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