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Cinnamon Is a Natural Plant Pest and Fungus Killer

Gardening surprises can be both good and bad. Some of the unexpected challenges both beginners and experienced gardeners face are pests, mold, and weeds. When dealing with any of these issues, working fast is key. You may not have several days to travel to the garden center and pick up the products you need to eliminate the issue.
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For cases like these, it’s good to know that there's a product in your spice cabinet that can help treat your plants - cinnamon. That’s right, this aromatic spice isn’t just good in apple pie and other foods. Cinnamon is also helpful for treating plant diseases and pests.

Cinnamon is a natural fungicide

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Fungal infections can kill off a plant at any stage of life. Given that many fungi are soil-borne, they are nearly impossible to prevent. Young seedlings are at the highest risk of dying from a fungal infection called damping-off disease. The infection leads to root rot. At first, the seedlings may appear healthy, but they then suddenly collapse and rot. 

Cinnamon can fully prevent damping-off disease. The spice is also helpful for deterring slime mold and mushrooms growing in planters. All you have to do is sprinkle some ground cinnamon on the topsoil.

Alternatively, you can make your own cinnamon plant spray by mixing 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon in 16 oz of warm water. Allow the mixture to steep overnight, then strain through a cloth or paper filter and transfer the liquid to a spray bottle. Then just spray the affected plant and its potting soil every week until the problem is gone.

The spice can also repel pests

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Ants and other garden pests cannot tolerate the scent of cinnamon and avoid walking on the spice. Hence, if you have a problem with pests eating the plants in your home or garden, sprinkle some cinnamon around the plant itself to repel them. "The same principle applies for small animals like squirrels and rabbits; once they get a waft of the strong smell they'll retreat," said Ray Brosnan, gardening expert to Best Life Online.

Cinnamon is an excellent rooting agent

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If you’ve been eyeing the rooting hormone powder at the garden center to help you propagate plants easier, but you simply can’t justify the extra cost, we’ve got some great news. Cinnamon works just as well as rooting hormone powder! 

Just sprinkle a tablespoon or so of cinnamon on a clean plate or paper towel, dab the stems of the cuttings in the powdered cinnamon, and then propagate as usual. This method works especially well for soil or sphagnum propagation.

H/T: Best Life Online, Gardening Knowhow

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