How to Grow Cinnamon

by on December 26, 2012


Cinnamon is exotic, spicy and flavorful, but did you know that the culinary spice comes from a tree? It may surprise you to learn that you can learn how to grow cinnamon at home no matter where you live. In fact, growing a cinnamon tree is easier than you might think!

The first and most important thing to know when growing cinnamon is that you can easily overwater them. Cinnamon tree roots prefer to stay on the dry side, so you will want to water them less often than you do other plants to keep the soil somewhat dry. The roots are susceptible to root rot otherwise.

To grow cinnamon trees in a pot, start with a seedling or cutting and good well drained potting mix that is on the acidic side. I like a 50/50 mix of perlite and sphagnum moss. You will want a spot that has lots of good sunlight, whether full or partial sun is largely up to you. Depending on the container size you choose, your cinnamon tree can get anywhere from 3 to 8 feet tall, and can be pruned to maintain smaller sizes as desired.

Resist the urge to baby your cinnamon tree. These plants will do quite well with a minimum of involvement from you. If you like, fertilize with a liquid fertilizer once a month during the active growing season, but even this isn’t necessary. You can prune the plant at any time as desired for shape and size, or for harvesting.

Harvesting cinnamon bark requires that you cut the branches or stems from the plant itself. Score the bark without cutting all the way through the bark. Once you have done this a time or two you will know exactly how deep to go to loosen the cinnamon bark.

Whether your cinnamon tree is indoors or out, be sure to maintain a temperature no lower than 60 degrees at all times.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Andy February 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Where can we buy cinnamon tree here in US and/or California PLEASE?

Thank YOU!!


josh May 26, 2013 at 7:31 AM



Betsy Gast May 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Logee’s has cinnamon trees in a reasonable size for about $50. My husband just got me one from them for our anniversary. The address is


Helen April 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM

I found mine at Lowes.


lorenzo gonzale August 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Where can I buy seeds ?


Pat Christensen August 17, 2018 at 5:44 PM

how can I get Ceylon Cinnamon seeds to grow my own trees?


Carol June 17, 2021 at 9:22 AM

You can but it’s best to start from a seedling


Karyn September 14, 2014 at 7:56 AM

Where can I get a cinnamon plant?


Carol September 22, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Try this place:

I’ve never purchased from them but it looks like they have a good selection. Happy gardening!


kim zook September 23, 2014 at 11:11 AM

where can you purchase a seedling or a start from the cinnamon tree? I live in Ohio and have never seen anywhere to purchase a start. I appreciate your response.


kim zook September 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM

where can one get a start of the Cinnamon Tree? Thanks for your response


Carol September 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM



Valery August 12, 2015 at 1:09 PM

where do you purchase a seedling? How fast do they grow?


Carol January 22, 2016 at 6:22 PM
Lillian September 21, 2015 at 4:11 AM

Where do I get cinnamon trees?


Carol January 22, 2016 at 6:21 PM
vel December 28, 2015 at 6:13 AM

I live in Canada, where do |I get a cinnamon seedling? I would love to try this


Carol January 22, 2016 at 6:21 PM
Mame January 11, 2016 at 8:27 PM

Where can I get the seeds of cinnamon ?


Carol January 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM
Marilyn January 17, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Where do you find cinnamon seedlings? I’m in Ohio so won’t be able to start planting until warm weather. Have no space indoors to do this. Thank you in advance


Carol January 22, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Here’s a website that sells them –


Louise February 6, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Where can I buy a cinnamon cutting? Would live to grow my own cinnamon ! ! Louise


Carol April 6, 2016 at 1:49 PM


They sell them when they are in season.


Peggy Stevens March 4, 2016 at 11:17 PM

Where can I find a cutting from a cinnamon tree that I can try to grow?


Randall Johnson March 16, 2016 at 8:52 PM

How to go about getting cuttings to start a tree of cinnamon. please let me know where to get seeds or the cinnamon tree. i really want to know so i can grow one indoors.


Maria April 17, 2016 at 4:34 AM

Can u start a tree from cinnamon stick


Carol May 12, 2016 at 9:34 PM

No you cannot.


matutina October 6, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Today I just bought a cinnamon plant and i was just wondering how to propagate cinnamon?


Carol October 13, 2016 at 9:19 AM

You can propagate from a cutting – choose the healthiest one and stick it in a small jar of water in the sun. Once roots appear, plant it. Good luck!


fig grower January 2, 2017 at 5:31 PM

Wow. Loved the article. Great job urbanfig


AJ March 8, 2017 at 9:15 PM

Fig trees are easy to grow and fruit quickly


bbudd March 28, 2017 at 2:03 PM

My cinnamon tree is blossoming for the first time
Will have seed in due course your interested


Carol March 28, 2017 at 2:17 PM

Yes, please send photos!


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