Cinnamon basil grow and care – shrub‎ of the genus Ocimum also known as Mexican basil, Cinnamon basil perennial evergreen or annual plant in colder climate, used as edible plant for the leaves also used as ornamental plant and it’s fragrant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone: 10b+ (perennial), 5-10 (as annual).

Cinnamon basil leaves

Leaves color green the structure is ovate, the stem color purple, the smell and the taste remind Cinnamon.

Flower color purple, the flowers grow on inflorescence.

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How to grow Cinnamon basil growing and care:

Warm weather in the summer, well-drained soil

How to care:
Add more water in hot summer days, fertilizer 2-4 year, put organic matter, prune once a year and consider to prune the bloom stems

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed

Is it necessary use vegetative reproduction?
Not necessary but possible

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Full sun there is too much flower

Planting season:
Spring in hardiness zone 5-10 as annual, as perennial spring to summer in hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11 and hardiness zone 12+ all year.

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, mealy bug

Pruning season:
All the season

How to prune:
It’s necessary to prune the bloom unless you want the seeds

Size of the plant:
0.2-1m, 0.8-3 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container, size 5-12 liter (1.5-3 gallon) amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist and the water go out of the pot, better not to use bottom of pot, when it’s grow as perianal every two years to switch soil in the pot or just part of it, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Small purple flower that grow on inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
Should thinning the inflorescence when they start to bloom, all the strength of the plant go to the blossom

Pollination is done by:
Bees and other pollinators

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All the season after the plants is fully grown

How to harvest the leaves?
Trim branches but leave few buds on the branch

Information about leaves:
oval leaves and serrate in the edge

Uses of Cinnamon basil leaves:
Pesto, Spice, Beverage

How to grow Cinnamon basil from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Easy to sow no special demand

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dry

Sowing season:
Spring after the last frost, but as perennial spring to autumn

Planting spacing:
20*20cm (8*8 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
0.5cm (0.25 inche)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist, full sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
1-2 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Well drained soil

Scientific name:

Ocimum basilicum ‘Cinnamon’

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