DESCRIPTION

 

The Cinnamon basil plant can grow up to both three feet tall and three feet wide. It has small thin serrated green leaves with contrasting pale violet-colored stems and lavender spiked flowers. As its name suggests, cinnamon basil has warm cinnamon properties throughout its composition. Its cultivated primarily for its leaves, which have a spice quality within culinary uses

 

HOW TO GROW 

 

  1. Choose the kind of basil you wish to grow.Basil comes in many different varieties, each of which have a unique flavor and smell. Read up on different types of basil and pick out one – or several – that appeal to you, then order the seeds or buy them at a garden store.
  2. Start seed indoors four to six weeks before last frost.Basil needs warm air and sun to do well, so it’s often easiest to start the seeds indoors instead of risking that they’ll get damaged by frost.if you live in a hot climate, you can start the seeds outside instead.
  3. Prepare seed containers.Fill flats or individual seed containers with a mixture of equal parts perlite, vermiculite, and peat. Press the mixture slightly to eliminate air pockets. Dampen the mixture with water so it’s ready to provide the right environment for the basil seeds to germinate.
  4. Plant the seeds.Drop one to two seeds into each container. Cover them lightly with soil. Cover containers with clear plastic kitchen wrap, so they stay moist. Leave the containers in a sunny window. Twice daily, remove the plastic wrap and sprinkle the containers with more water.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap when the sprouts emerge.When you see the first green tendrils push up through the soil, it’s time to remove the plastic wrap. Keep watering the sprouts twice daily, never letting the soil dry out. When the plants become a few inches tall and their leaves mature, it’s time to transplant them to a larger container.

 

PLANT CARE

 

  • Make sure that the soil is moist. Basil plants like moisture. If you live in a hot area, use mulch around the basil plants (the mulch will help keep the soil moist).
  • Make sure to pick the leaves regularly to encourage growth throughout the summer.
  • After 6 weeks, pinch off the center shoot to prevent early flowering. If flowers do grow, just cut them off.
  • If the weather is going to be cold, be sure to harvest your basil beforehand, as the cold weather will destroy your plants.

 

PESTS/DISEASES

 

  • Aphids
  • Variety of bacterial and fungal leaf, stem, and root diseases

 

HEALTH 

 

  • The most active ingredient in this herb is the compound Cinnamate. The presence of this valuable natural substance is responsible for providing relief from ailments like diarrhea, constipation, kidney problems, cough, headache and warts.
  • The cinnamon flavor of the herb is reason behind the usage of this herb in Thai and Italian cuisines.The tea of this herb is the best possible form to consume it and is one of the time-tested ways of enjoying the benefits