Cinnamon is an inexpensive and easy-to-find spice, and believe it or not, it has many handy uses around the home and garden! You can use cinnamon to make your garden not only look good, but also pest-free and even fungus-free, easily and inexpensively. If you’ve never tried using cinnamon in the garden, now is the perfect time to give it a try. Below are 5 reasons to use cinnamon in your garden so you too can reap the benefits it offers.
Cinnamon in the garden – a fabulous spice with universal uses
What kind of cinnamon to use in the garden?
You can use cinnamon powder, cinnamon sticks, and even cinnamon oil for some of these tips. Remember when using cinnamon powder, it must be 100% cinnamon and NOT a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Otherwise you are more likely to damage your plants and attract pests. Unlike seasoning in the kitchen and detoxing and losing weight with cinnamon, it doesn’t matter which kind you use. Both Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon are equally effective and suitable for all of the tips below.
For drinking or seasoning, however, you should use the higher-quality Ceylon cinnamon
Use cinnamon in the garden against ants
We already know other home remedies against ants. Cinnamon is another one you can totally count on in this regard. If you have a sandpit or other play area in the backyard where ants are a problem, sprinkling some cinnamon on it can help. Just sprinkle cinnamon around the borders of the area to keep the ants from crossing it. They hate the smell and immediately run away.
You can also use cinnamon oil or cinnamon sticks instead of powder. Cinnamon oil seems to have a stronger odor and lasts longer than cinnamon powder or cinnamon sticks. So if you have a major ant problem, oil may be a better solution for you. Refresh the scent by applying more cinnamon after a heavy rain or wind. It doesn’t kill the ants, just repels them with the strong scent. As ants are often attracted to sandboxes due to children dropping snacks in the sand, this is a great solution to try as opposed to the chemical mace.
Drive away the ants in an environmentally friendly way!
Cinnamon against fungus gnats and other pests
For example, you can make your own pest repellent spray to repel and keep fungus gnats and other unwanted insects out of your garden. This method is quite effective and works just as well as store-bought sprays with chemicals that you may not particularly like.
Use environmentally friendly pesticides!
The production is very simple. Add 20 drops of cinnamon oil to 2 cups of water. Shake well. Pour into a spray bottle. You can then use the spray on any plants where fungus gnats or even aphids are a problem. You can reapply the spray every week after heavy rain or as needed.
Extra tip: To prevent fungus gnats from hatching in the ground, you can also sprinkle cinnamon powder on it both outside in the garden and in your flower boxes.
Thanks to cinnamon, fungus gnats disappear permanently from the garden and house
Cinnamon against mold on potting soil or mushrooms
If you notice a fungus or mold infestation on your plants or on the potting soil, you can also use the homemade cinnamon spray against it. Again, you can spray it directly on the plants where fungi seem to be a problem. You should reapply it every few days until the fungus or mold begins to die off and eventually resolves.
The same applies to annoying fungi in your garden. You can use the above recipe as a fungal spray or just try sprinkling some cinnamon powder on the mushrooms. Let the spray or powder sit and it will kill the fungi and prevent them from coming back.
Say goodbye to fungus and mold!
Cinnamon as a growth booster for cuttings
Before transplanting seedlings or propagating a plant from cuttings, dip the end of the stem in powdered cinnamon. This will help give the plant a nutrient boost and protect the stem from bacteria. If you love growing plants like hydrangeas or roses from cuttings, this cinnamon trick is super helpful. Since most growth boosting products are expensive, this is a great solution to try first.
Grow your plants gracefully in flower pots
Cinnamon is also used in raised beds and vegetable beds
Sometimes plant stems are torn or broken off during transplanting or even by living creatures. If you notice these types of breakage or damage to your plants, cinnamon can help as well. It almost looks like a plaster. You can just sprinkle cinnamon on the wounded area and it will heal on its own much faster.
An excellent remedy for wounded plants
Use cinnamon against rodents and other pests
Furry pests like rabbits, squirrels and moles like to hang out in vegetable gardens. They eat seedlings, plant stems and leaves and destroy beds. You can keep them out with garden fences, but somehow they still invade the garden. Here is a simple solution to get rid of them:
Sprinkle cinnamon in your garden. The spice won’t kill them or cause them permanent damage, but it will irritate their mouth, nose, and mucous membranes, thus driving them away permanently.
Sprinkle cinnamon powder around the plant stems
As you can see for yourself, cinnamon is not only a valuable home remedy, it is also a very good plant protector in the garden. It can also promote the growth of plants and heal their wounds. As a natural remedy, the spice is also an excellent, environmentally friendly alternative to chemical insecticides and pesticides. Just try it out!
Ensure the lasting beauty of your garden!
Use effective home remedies instead of chemicals
Cinnamon could also help against snails
So seedlings and green leaves have better chances
Cinnamon is a natural fungicide
Cinnamon doesn’t bother busy bees