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Default Cinnamon as fungicide/pesticide

Has anyone ever heard of this or even tried it? I have been researching an issue that I've had with one of my Oncidiums and came across this suggestion. Supposedly, cinnamon (just regular old store bought variety) has wonderful fungicide and pesticide properties and can be sprinkled into the potting mix of an orchid that is having issues.
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Many of us indeed use cinnamon as a fungicide.
The most common way I use it is to put it over an area where the plant is cut after pruning roots or leaves.
Ray's website offers a recipe for a liquid mixture containing cinnamon as a fungicide Orchid Growing Supplies Semi-hydroponics Hydroponics Orchid Books PrimeAgra
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Cinnamon is a pretty good fungicide to dab on cuts as it will dry plant tissue. I'm not sure what it actually does in the potting media.
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I re-read and need to correct my error. It did not say to add it to the potting medium, but to the infected portion especially after having cut the infect part off.
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Many of us indeed use cinnamon as a fungicide.
The most common way I use it is to put it over an area where the plant is cut after pruning roots or leaves.
Ray's website offers a recipe for a liquid mixture containing cinnamon as a fungicide Orchid Growing Supplies Semi-hydroponics Hydroponics Orchid Books PrimeAgra

WOW! Way cool - thanks for sharing those!
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In dire situations, I've made a paste of cin. and elmer's glue. Like a band-aid with neosporin.

I've also heard of growers using cin. oil added to their neem oil.
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works great and it is a bark extract, and fairly cheap in the dollar stores and big lots.
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I know that cinnamon is cheap in the dollar stores, but it may not be true cinnamon. I don't want to take a chance with the orchids. I buy mine in the grocery store and I know I'm getting the real thing.
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I had an old flower stem on a Phal that had died off and dried out and been cut off before I bought it from a nursery. A couple of days after I got it home it started to grow little white hair like strands from the area it had been cut back too, it was a fungus trying to grow from the dead plant stem.
I took a soft paint brush and dusted the area with cinnamon and the fungus has not returned, that was 6 months ago.
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WOW, thanks for all the information. I had no clue! I will try it on my Mtssa CM Fitch Izumi tomorrow or tonight as it might have a big problem with fungus. After doing some reading on the strange reddish bruising and reddish black dying parts, I believe it has a fungus issue.

Thanks again guys! Wish me luck on trying to save my "baby"!
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