Cinnamon

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...

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.  WellspringGardens.com 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.