Cinnamon – Growing The Tree!!

Q: I would like to grow a cinnamon tree! Could I grow it like my fig tree: inside in the cold months and outside in hot months?

A: It’s theoretically possible. Look online for a source of the plant Cinnamomum verum. You’ll receive a seedling, which must be planted in a large container, perhaps a half whiskey barrel, that you can move outdoors in summer and indoors in winter. Grow the tree for two years, fertilizing and watering regularly. In spring of the third year, clip several 1/4″ diameter twigs and scrub off the thin outer bark. Dry the twigs in a sunny window and watch as the inner bark splits and separates from the center sapwood. The curled quills are then ground into powder to flavor your cooking.