Stevia (Sweetleaf) - Seed

Stevia rebaudiana 
Stevia (Sweetleaf)

A natural sweetener - without calories!

Stevia Rebaudiana produces a calorie free sweetener (consisting of stevioside and rebaudioside A), without the unhealthy side-effects of artificial sweeteners. Sweetleaf was the original, natural, no-calorie sweetener! It is also a very decorative plant!
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  • Planting
  • Water your honey herb (Stevia rebaudiana) as soon as possible. Then you can decide to keep it indoors or put it outside.
    For indoor:
    • You can put the nursery pot into a decorative pot. Choose a pot with holes in the bottom and a saucer.
    • You can also choose to place the nursery pot on a saucer to catch the irrigation water. 
    • Use a pot in which the irrigation water is collected from the inner pot.
    • Place the pot in a warm, fairly bright place (no direct sunlight).
     
    For outside:
    • Choose a warm sunny, sheltered spot to plant the herb honey, or plant in a nice pot or planter. The plants need to harden up first, by standing the plants outside for an hour longer each day for 5 days.
    • Transplant the honey herb (Stevia rebaudiana) into a larger pot, filled with fresh potting soil. Remove the plant from the old pot. Place the root ball of the honey herb at the correct height. Fill the pot with potting compost and gently apply a little pressure.
    • Or transplant the plant to the open ground.
    Apply plenty of water immediately after planting.
     
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  • Care
  • Water extra during dry periods. Sweetleaf blooms with white flowers from July - September, when the days get shorter and as long as it's not too cold. The sweetener is... surprise surprise, located in the leaves. Stand your plant in a sunny spot in water retaining soil.

    Allow the plant to grow strong before allowing to flower - postpone the flowering by cutting the first flowers off. When big, and healthy, the stem can grow to 80 cm tall in good conditions.
    Harvesting
    Harvest from May-November

    You can harvest Sweetleaf from spring until autumn, simply by snipping off leaves and small branches. Leave the heart of the plant untouched and do not take too much from the same plant at one time. As long as new leaves are being produced, you can keep harvesting. Feed your stevia regularly with nitrogen for a strong leaf growth. You should be able to harvest for months on end from the same plant! Older leaves contain more sweeter than the new young leaves.
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  • Specifics
  • Sweetleaf (Stevia rebaudiana) is a representative member of the compositae plants, or Asteraceae. Its natural habitat is the marshy ground of the tropical high rain forests of South America. The ancient inhabitants of this region used this plant for many centuries as a sweetener - it is a perennial in tropical climes. In Europe, we grow it mostly as an annual.

    Stevia's sweetener is quite unique. Known as steviolglycoside it contains stevioside and rebaudioside A. In its purest form it is 300 times sweeter than sugar. The powder made from the dried leaves is 35 times sweeter than sugar. Best of all, it contains no calories and it perfectly save for our kidneys too (unlike artificial sweeteners that are used in so many things today). The pure type of stevioglyscosides has recently become accepted in Europe and have been given their own E-number: E960.

    How to use
    Fresh Stevia tastes best but you can also dry it slowly in the oven. The dried leaves can then be pulverised and stored in a jar.

    A leaf of sweetleaf in your tea is delicious. Both fresh and dried leaf will sweeten anything they are added to. Sweetleaf (Stevia rebaudiana) is the perfect no calorie sweetener with no side effects! There are high expectations for this plant: the first soft drinks containing stevia are already on sale.
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Stevia rebaudiana 
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Guarantee Not applicable
    Color Green
    Scented not scented
    Flowers for cutting no
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