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Cinnamomum Verum Bonsai Tree

Cinnamon Tree Bonsai Diaries 

(Cinnamomum verum or Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

There are two types of cinnamon in the market.  The type of tree we purchased is considered the 'true cinnamon' or Ceylon cinnamon. We chose this variety, because this is the best variety to eat if you consume large quantities of cinnamon.

The leaves are used to make teas or add flavor to stews, similar to bay leaves.  The flowers and berries/seeds are inedible.

The tree seems to be a good candidate for container gardening and/or coppicing,which is a very aggressive type of pruning.  For bonsai training, this would be a good tree for harvesting whips for bark sourced spice.

Lets Get Growing...

SUN: Afternoon shade 
WATER: Wait until the tree's soil feels dry 1 inch below the soil surface before you water the tree. A cinnamon tree is subject to root rot if it receives too much water. 
SOIL PH: 4.5-8.0
FERTILIZER: Fertilize the tree every two weeks from spring to fall with a water-soluble plant food, but stop fertilizing it during winter.

October 29, 2017 - 559 Days To Harvest

The great thing about having automatic watering is that you don't have to worry about watering the plants every day.

The bad thing about having automatic watering is that you don't realize your plants are not getting watered every day...

And now, the cinnamon tree is still small!  We had some growth and then dieback due to the severe dehydration.  Luckily this one is hanging in like a trooper and will pull through okay.

Cinnamomum zeylanicum, 'Helen'

August 5, 2017 - 644 Days To Harvest

The cinnamon tree seems to be putting on some moderate growth.  I would not categorize this as a slow growing tree, in comparison to the mangosteens.  

It did get a little sun burned when we first got it, so tweaking the location seemed to help a lot and the new leaves are looking fine.

This one is turning into a naturally crooked grower.  After getting established, a cinnamon tree is supposed to respond well to coppicing, but not sure I would want to try that after working on getting it going for so long.

I am simply happy and grateful that the roof rats haven't gotten to this one.

Cinnamomum zeylanicum, 'Helen'

June 10, 2017 - Probably 700 Plus Days To Harvest

The last tree didn't survive defoliation and indoor wet feet. We ended up getting a replacement tree, making sure it has some acidity in the soil, some mykos, friendly clover and some filtered sun along with all the other tropical plants.

It looks a bit droopy here as it was just transplanted to a little bigger container with some soil that doesn't dry out quite as quickly.  Working on striking a balance with this tree and it seems to be going okay so far.

I have no problem with water loving plants, but the plants that do not require much water should be afraid of me.  :)

October 25, 2016 - Another Early Defoliation and 715 Days To Harvest
Cinnamomum zeylanicum, 'Helen'

Another attack on my edible plants. This time Helen was munched except for one leaf. 

Helen was moved back inside to help with recovery away from toothy dangers.

Just want to gripe some about how slow a grower these plants are and how much damage was done.  

This is the end of keeping smaller seedlings and/or cuttings in the garden with the larger trees where they are in peril.

This will be a good opportunity to track just how slow growing these trees are.

Cinnamomum zeylanicum, 'Helen'
October 22, 2016 - Transplanted and 715 Days To Harvest

Helen was moved outside with the rest of the bonsai plant community and is doing well. No new apparent leaves, but the leaves look a bit more perky in the dappled eastern exposure.

Helen is in between plants to help situate her in a bit more humidity created by the surrounding plant transpiration.

The new pot is just a little bit bigger than the seedling pot Helen arrived in.


October 7, 2016 Plant Arrival And 729 Days To Harvest
Cinnamomum zeylanicum 

Our cinnamon tree arrived in great shape. has been a great source of some really nice and inexpensive plant starts.

At the rate we consume cinnamon, we will probably have plenty of cuttings from this tree before we use the cinnamon we already have in our spice cabinets.

The leaves have distinctive light colored stripes which make for an attractive look.

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