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Cinnamon basil

Ocimum basilicum 'Cinnamon'

Cinnamon basil is planted for its delicious edible leaves that have a cinnamon-like aroma. It is used in teas, baked goods, stir-fries and much more. The beautiful purple flowers make it an attractive garden plant and it is a helpful companion plant when planted close to tomatoes, asparagus and roses.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest leaves at any time during the season when plants are mature. Leave sufficient buds on the stems to allow regrowth. Harvest flowers when they are visible on the plant. Keep removing flowers to increase the intensity of the leaves' aroma and flavor.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in pots that are kept indoors or directly into the garden in warmer weather. Cover with a thin layer of soil and water lightly- keep moist. Germination should take place within a week.
Cuttings
Take cuttings at the top of the plant and place in water to allow root growth. Plant rooted cutting in fertile, well-drained soil when roots are 50% of the size of the cutting (within 5-10 days).

Special features

Repels harmful insects
Mosquitos and white flies
Pot plant
Plant in pots with sufficient drainage and place in a position where it will receive 6-8 hours of sunlight.
Indoor plant
Should receive sufficient sunlight exposure.
Attracts useful insects
Bees

Geography

Origin
India
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Culinary
It is used in teas, baked goods, stir-fries and much more.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White and purple
Scent
Strong

Problems

Susceptible to downy mildew and attack by aphids.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

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