Tender Perennial

Stevia

NZ $4.95

Description

Sugar Herb. An exciting breakthrough in natural sweeteners. The leaves of this plant are 20-30 times sweeter than cane sugar but with extremely low calorie levels so it gives the user an intense feeling of sweetness on the taste buds but with no increase in blood sugar levels. Stevia is a sub-tropical, frost sensitive perennial that is ideally suited for growing as a kitchen pot plant. Use the leaves directly for sweetening hot drinks or alternatively sprinkle leaves in salads, cereals, over meats and with cooked vegetables to enhance flavour. Seed needs light to germinate so sow on surface & press down lightly. Grow on, in a light, sandy soil with good drainage and do not over water. Plants can be left outside during summer but must be brought in before the temperature drops below 10°C. Protect from wind and frost.

NB:  Please note increased seed count from 15 to 40 seeds.  This seed is from a new supplier and the seed count has been increased due to the fact that there is a proportion of chaff in with the seed.  The seed will still germinate in the same way.

Matures 100 days from transplant.

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4920

Stevia rebaudiana

Information

OPTIMUM SOIL TEMP FOR GERMINATION DAYS TO GERMINATION HEIGHT DISTANCE APART TO PLANT SEEDLINGS WHEN TO SOW NUMBER OF SEEDS PER PACKET PREFERRED GROWING METHOD BEST USE
20-25 7-10 30cm-icon 30cm 15cm-icon 15cm 2 40 Transplant-icon Transplant Culinary-icon Culinary

KEY to WHEN TO SOW

  1 Early Spring 2 Late Spring &
Early Summer
3 Late Summer &
Early Autumn

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