Experiment with Cinnamon -- Anti-Fungal, Root Inhibitor?
Well, I'm doing an experiment. In addition to my beautiful-looking Jewel, I received a container of three hippy bulbs in a decorative forcing container for Christmas. I was considering keeping them in the container until they finished blooming before planting them in soil. One bulb already has two scapes (with some leaves just beginning), one has one scape (also with some leaves just beginning), and one has four leaves that are already several inches tall. The container has some rocks surrounding the bulbs. On the way home from visiting with family, the bulbs and rocks shifted around, damaging a spot on the side of one of the bulbs and tilting another. I was able to straighten the one so it was standing upright again. I then checked out the website listed on the packaging. Was curious to see what directions they gave for caring for the bulbs. I discovered that the roots had been sliced off and spikes were used to hold the bulbs in place. So, I quickly went to investigate to see how bad the damage was.
Well, you can imagine the damage spikes could do. I had to remove some soft spots from two of the three bulbs. But, even worse, I discovered that two of the three basal plates were mushy and decaying. I cleaned these up, too. Fortunately, all bulbs seem to still have some basal plate. Given all the damage the bulbs had suffered, I decided it was best to treat them with an anti-fungal of some sort as soon as possible. Since I do not have Captan (no longer available here), and didn't want to wait til I could find something else, I decided to use cinnamon on the bulb wounds and on the basal plates that I had to clean up. Now, I know from another thread on this list that cinnamon may actually inhibit the roots. So, I guess this is an experiment. The packaging does not say what kind of hippies these are. There is only a picture that shows three red hippies (all the same kind). So, I decided that before I try trimming the basal plate on my Nagano, I'd see how this goes. And then I'll know if I can use cinnamon on the basal plate or if it inhibits the roots. I'll keep you all posted!