Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) - 100 Seeds

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Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) - 50 Seeds

•Excellent container plant
•Non-GMO
•Tender perennial typically grown as an annual
•USDA Zones: 8-12

*Please note that while stevia is very easy to grow, it has naturally low germination rate of about 30%.

Description:
Also known as “sweet leaf” or “sweet herb”, stevia has zero calories and no impact on blood glucose levels. It is native to the altitudes of Paraguay and Brazil in South America, and has been used as a sweetener for hundreds of years. Traditionally, it was used to sweeten teas, and for its medicinal properties. Refined stevia products are available for a more standardized sugar substitute, but with a little creativity, you can use dried leaves or extracts in many different recipes. Stevia rebaudiana is the sweetest variety and most commonly grown as a natural sweetener, but over 100 species of stevia exist in North and South America. The leaves contain up to 5% dry weight of stevioside, a sweetener estimated to be up to 300 times sweeter than table sugar.


Growing Instructions:
Stevia rebaudiana natively grows in infertile, acid sand or muck soils yet it will grow well on a wide range of soils given a consistent supply of moisture and adequate drainage. Surface sow stevia in spring once all chances of frost have passed when soil temps are 75° or greater. Space stevia plants 18 inches apart or plant them in 12-inch containers in full sun and feed regularly with a water-soluble plant food to promote healthy growth. It's important not to overwater stevia. Water once the top inch of soil becomes dry. Harvest once the leaves are large enough to use.


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