Cinnamomum camphora grow and care – tree of the genus Cinnamomum also known as Camphor tree or camphorwood, Cinnamomum camphora is perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental plant for the fragrant, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+
Cinnamomum camphora edible bark and leaves
Bark color brown mostly the useful part, the bark fall from the mature trunk sometimes needed help.
Leaves edible, can be used for flavor of the leaves, fragrant but week smell.
Flowers small color yellow, flowers grow on stalk in inflorescence.
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How to grow Cinnamomum camphora plant growing and care:
Warm climate, moist soil, mulch especially when the tree is young
How to care:
Add fertilizer once a year and when the tree is young better to fertilizer with high content of nitrogen, put mulch before the winter but when the tree young it’s important to put mulch to keep the soil moist
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction propagating by cutting or air layer, propagation by cutting, when start from branch need to choose brown fully grown use hormones that fit for woody branches, need to keep high humidity, moist soil and if put it in close box need to ventilate air at least twice a day, watering by spraying and tale care don’t let it dry.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible to start from cutting or air layer and when the plant get the right condition it is possible and it’s hard to start by cutting
Spring, summer, autumn
Pests and diseases:
Aphids, brown spots
Possible all year
How to prune:
Week, dead branch
Size of the plant:
10-20 m, 30-60 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing
Average amount of water – prefer regular amount of water with humidity and moist soil / Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow as houseplant indoor?
No, but possible to grow it indoor on the window with sun
Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:
Yes, start with small pot 20-30% bigger than the roots ball, every time that switch the container to bigger switch some of the soil to new soil until arrive to the desirable container size, after that every few years better to switch part of the soil and cut some roots, no need to take the plant out just from the side of the container, soil can be used potting soil or mixture of peat soil and perlite, water it regularly and care when put bottom for the pot be aware not to let the water stay there more than one day and do not over water it’s destroy the soil and the roots, it’s not like to grow outdoor overwater will destroy the soil, need to add hummus few time a year.
Autumn / Winter / Spring
General information about the flower:
Small flower in yellow color
Pollination is done by:
Thinning the bloom:
There is no need in the blossom unless need seeds and as long as the tree young it’s better to cut the bloom stems
Leaves harvesting season:
All year but in cold winter better not in the winter
How to harvest the leaves?
After tree establish root it doesn’t matter as long as you leave enough leaves on the tree
Information about leaves:
Light to dark green depend on the sun exposure , shiny oval leaves
Uses of Cinnamon leaves:
Beverage, fragrance, cooked, herb
When to harvest bark?
All year, but better in the spring
How to harvest bark?
After tree establish every year it’s possible to cut vertical line in the bark and wait until it disconnect from the tree, another option it’s to wait until the tree will take off the bark
Information about the bark:
Brown bark and it’s used after dry
Uses of the bark:
Beverage, fragrance, cooked, spice, herb
How to make Vegetative Reproduction?
The time for vegetative reproduction:
Spring / Summer
How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
3-6 weeks, but can take much longer, as long as the branch still show sign of a live it’s still possible
What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction?
Moist, wet soil, half shade, high humidity, better to keep the plant in fog
How to grow Cinnamomum camphora from seeds
Seeds are yellow with a brown bark, in the wild the seeds pass through the digestive of an animal, to simulate this situation rub the seeds and remove some of the bark, also recommend to sow in slightly acidic soil.
How to plant cinnamon seeds:
Dig hole bigger than the seeds cover lightly and better to cover it with vermiculite for better result
Saving seeds care until sowing:
Dry and dark place, room temperature
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 9-10a, spring to autumn hardiness zone 10b-11, all year in hardiness zone 12+.
Potted in different pot, for plantation 4*5m (13*16 feet)
How deep to sow the seed?
1-2 cm (0.25-0.5inches) from the top
Rich soil, moist, half shade
Watering the seeds:
Average amount of water
20-30 day but can be more than 4 months
Condition of the sprout:
Moist, mulch, high humidity
Do the seeds require burying?
Categories of growing
Planting Season: Autumn Planting, Spring Planting, Summer planting
Light exposure requirements: Full sun Plants, Part shade Plants
Climates that the plant can grow: Mediterranean Climate, Subtropics Climate, Tropics Climate
Growing speed of the plant: Average growing plants, Slow growing plants
Plant life-form: Evergreen, Perennial plant, Tree
Plant Uses: Edible plants, Fragrance, Ornamental plants
Requirements for watering the plant: Big amount of water, Regularly water
Hardiness zones: Hardiness zone 10, Hardiness zone 11, Hardiness zone 12, Hardiness zone 13
Ornamental parts: Ornamental leaves, Ornamental plant
Blooming season: Autumn flowers, Winter flowers
Flower colors: Yellow flower
Harvest Season: Autumn Harvest, Spring Harvest, Summer Harvest, Winter harvest
Edible Parts: Edible leaves, Edible Stem / Wood
Culinary uses: Beverage, Cooked, Herbs, Spices