Cinnamon for Damping Off?

nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)January 30, 2010

I'm wanting to experiment to see if I have any luck starting from seed, and in the house.

I was reading on and it said cinnamon sprinkled on your soiless medium is pretty much 100% effectivefor preventing damping off. It also won't harm the seedlings.

Has anyone done this and does it really work?

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Cinnamon works good but you probably wont need it if you are using a soiless mix. The best discription I have heard discribing how damp your soiless mix should feel like is damp bread. Not too soggy and not too dry, that should eliminate a lot of problems with starting seeds....Jean

    Bookmark   January 30, 2010 at 10:15PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Here's an old thread on this topic.

Here is a link that might be useful: Where are some of these people now? :)

    Bookmark   January 31, 2010 at 9:20AM
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I just tried this last week. I had 2 bags of cinnamon around so I decided after reading many posts to give it a try.
I use promix and lost a few daylily seedlings to damp off or fungus gnats last year. I had quite a few pots with green growing on them but the seedlings did fine. When I saw some green growing this year I decided I would try the cinnamon. I have a few gnats around and use sticky strips for them but not a huge problem. I figured since I had the cinnamon anyways what the heck!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2010 at 10:30AM
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I used to use No-Damp, but it's not being made anymore, so I've been researching too. So far I've come up with cinnamon, chamomile tea, hydrogen peroxide, and keeping things clean/sterile. I started my wave petunias on Sunday - I'm hoping to get some cuttings from them. So I've decided to go with washing containers in a bleach solution, like usual, then using chamomile tea to wet my promix, and sprinkling with cinnamon - maybe adding a bit of hydrogen peroxide to the tea if I'm feeling nervous. It's probably overkill, but I really hate losing seedlings to damping off.


    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 2:14PM
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Did the cinnamon work?

Did you put it on right from the beginning, or did you wait until the seedlings started popping through?

I'm planting today to celebrate the 1st day of spring =:)

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 4:58PM
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Nutsaboutflowers, the combination of chamomile tea and cinnamon seemed to work fine - or maybe I was just lucky. I put the cinnamon on right after I finished seeding. I'm doing the same thing with the plants I'm starting this week, and I hope my luck continues.


    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 2:31PM
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sazzyrose(2b Sk)

Cinnamon works well. Also if you have any of that nasty mold growing on top of the brings this to a halt too.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 7:10PM
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Thanks everyone.

I put cinnamon on right away just to be safe. It sure smells nice.

I'm afraid I might have the soil under the seeds too wet. I hope I get little babies anyway. If not, I'll still have time to try again.

I started two colors of morning glory, yellow marigolds, and Ruby Regis Lavatera. All are relatively easy for someone who's never done this indoors. Right?

I'll see if they come up before trying more =:)

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 7:21PM
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