What is cinnamon basil: learn how to grow cinnamon basil

What is Cinnamon basil? Also known as Mexican basil,
cinnamon basil is native to the world’s tropical and subtropical climates.
Cinnamon basil plants thrive when temperatures are in the 80s and 90s (27-32 C.
or more.). This basil
plant displays dark green leaves and cinnamon-colored stems.
Cinnamon basil plants contain cinnamite, a compound that gives the herb an
intense, spicy aroma and cinnamon-like flavor.

Interested in growing Cinnamon basil? It isn’t difficult.
Read on for more Cinnamon basil info.

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Cinnamon Basil Information

Cinnamon basil is sometimes used medicinally, and is said to
be good for maladies such as constipation, headaches, cough and diarrhea. It
contains vitamins A and C, and provides a generous amount of vitamin K. The
spicy herb is appreciated by chefs too, who use it as an attractive garnish or
to flavor hot drinks or other dishes.

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How to Grow Cinnamon Basil

The easiest way to grow Cinnamon basil is to purchase small
plants from a greenhouse or nursery. However, you can plant the seeds directly
in the garden after all frost danger has passed. If you want to get a head
start on the growing season, start seeds indoors four to six weeks before the
last frost.

Cinnamon basil requires full sunlight and well-drained soil.
Dig a generous amount of compost or well-rotted manure into the soil before
planting. Allow plenty of space for Cinnamon basil, as the plant can reach
heights and widths of up to 3 feet (1 m.).

Water Cinnamon basil plants as needed to keep the soil lightly moist but never soggy. Cinnamon basil grown in containers should be watered whenever the top 1 inch (2.5 cm.) of potting mix feels dry. Don’t over water, as basil is prone to rot in muddy soil conditions. A thin layer of mulch will help keep the soil moist and prevent evaporation.

Pinch the tips of Cinnamon basil as the plants grow to
produce full, bushy growth. Remove the spiky blooms as soon as they appear. Snip
leaves and stems any time during the growing season. The flavor is best when the
plants are harvested before they flower.

Watch for pests such as aphids
and spider
mites. Most pests are easily controlled in regular use of
insecticidal soap spray.

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