I am little in favor of using chemical products in the garden, I have used them on occasion but every time I do less. Investigating and testing natural products seems to be much more interesting for two reasons: to get a more ecological garden and to resume the use of ancestral procedures that have been discontinued in favor of “progress”. I know that the results are not so drastic, that natural products are not as fast and efficient as synthetic ones, but I am determined to stop bombarding my garden with heavy artillery and use the techniques our grandparents used.
Cinnamon, a natural fungicide as an ecological alternative to rooting hormones

It is a good time to reproduce some aromatic plants by cuttings, the temperature and humidity of these days are propitious for the plants to produce roots. On this occasion, I have decided to substitute the rooting hormones for cinnamon powder. Why? How does it apply? Now I explain it to you in detail.

Why use cinnamon to root cuttings

The function of the rooting hormones is to stimulate the formation of roots at the base of the stem. The sooner the roots are formed, the sooner the plant will begin to feed, to grow and to cope with the fungi and diseases that can destroy it. Cinnamon is not a root stimulator, but a natural fungicide that protects the wound in the cut of the cutting until the plant emits roots and is able to give an immune response to fungal infections. Let’s say the result is similar, albeit somewhat slower.

How to use cinnamon powder when planting cuttings


It is simple, it is applied in the same way as the hormone powder but using ground cinnamon. With the cinnamon powder, we impregnate any wound that the cutting may have, both at the end and at the knots to which we have removed leaves.

Application of cinnamon in salvias cuttings

I show you the procedure that I followed with my cuttings in 5 simple steps. I have applied it to two different salvias: the microphylla and the Perovskia. I know from experience that the microphylla is easy to propagate with this method, but it is the first time I make cuttings of Russian sage and I do not know for sure the result. At the moment there is still in your pot, hydrated and stiff as if it were a real plant, but we will have to see how it evolves during the coming weeks.

1. Choose a new branch this year and remove the flower. If the branch is long we can take several cuttings from it, if it is too short it will only be for one.

2. Divide this branch into several pieces leaving two knots in each piece. For this use a sharp and clean scissors. Remove the leaves from the knot below, it is the one that we will bury and through which the plant will root. The upper knot leaves will be above the ground and allow the new plant to breathe.

3. Impregnate with cinnamon powder the area that we are going to bury, it is advisable to wet it previously so that the cinnamon well adheres.

4. Bury them carefully in the substrate. Some people use perlite because it is an inert substrate with less chance of fungal infections. I do it directly in a pot with dirt, surely it would have less failures if it were a little more scrupulous

5. Water so that the earth compacts and the cutting is well established. We will keep the substrate moist but without puddling for a few weeks and if everything goes well, we will soon have new plants.