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Cinnamon: kiss of death, or life?

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    Louis - you must really have a lot of time on your hands or else you are slightly compulsive..... No offense intended oh great

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsuprock
    Louis - you must really have a lot of time on your hands or else you are slightly compulsive..... No offense intended oh great
    ad hominem.

    Just very interested.

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    ,


    It looks like I'm missing a couple of photos in your Vanda experiment. I've tried refreshing, but I keep getting a red "x" in the place where the 2nd & 3rd photos.


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    Rob, you might try clearing your browser's cache and then refreshing. They're coming in fine here, don't know about other folks, though.

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    Default Vanda Roots, 45 minutes later....

    Fourty five minutes after cutting the vanda's roots, both tips are pressed against a paper towel. The towel is tilted up, and no moisture has seeped from either the cinnamoned root or the one that was left bare.

    Exposed to air, the root's sap will scab over just fine all by itself. The cinnamon is superfluous. If anything, the grains might have increased the surface area of sap exposed to air, so if you try this one yourself, you might find that the cut end with cinnamon on it will scab up faster. But it won't be because of anything particular about cinnamon. You could use ground nutmeg and get the same results. Very fine sand. Baby powder. Ashes from your fireplace.

    You get the idea....
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    I used cinnamon on a couple cut leaves a while back. They did fine, as have the others that didn't get dusted. Dunno.

    What I am finding difficult is seeing nice healthy root tips getting cut off.
    Yeah, the interests of science, I understand. I couldn't do it.....

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    The picture of the cinnamon dipped vanda root made me hungry...it looked yummie, hehe, I'm hopeless.

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    Absolutely amazing experiments, Louis!:good:
    I love the variety,
    and the photos, and
    excellent use of controls, too.
    I gotta agree with peteMC, though,
    seeing those pretty new growing tips lopped off,
    what a shock, you must have nerves of steel.
    Thank you for sharing your spirit of inquisitivity
    to really investigate,
    and take my plain question
    to the next level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana
    The picture of the cinnamon dipped vanda root made me hungry...it looked yummie, hehe, I'm hopeless.
    Mmmmm...cinnamon flavored vanda root salad.

    Hey, , those are cool experiments. You're quite the scientist--very interesting tests and I'm curiously wondering what'll happen. Nice pics too.

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    Someone told me that the cinnamon itself doesn't have any curative powers...its the preservative they use to package it and give it an extended shelf life that is truely behind all the fuss. I don't use it.

    I've found that meeting the cultural needs of your plants, keeping a fresh, extremely clean growing environment, and paying close attention to your plants, examining, pruning, and de-bugging them often, are the best ways to prevent disease and infestation. I trim off infected areas and dead foliage, and look for ways to prevent re-occurance...usually changing a cultural need or two. I don't try to grow cool growing plants (any more) in our heat and humidity, and I've got way too many to coddle a few. If a plant persists in not growing and thriving after all my efforts, I either give it away, or toss it. Life's to short...

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