Stevia Plant, Stevia rebaudiana
||12 inch (30 cm)
||5 inch (13 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
||Candyleaf,sweetleaf or sugarleaf.
|Maximum Reachable Height
||1 to 2 feet
||Easy to grow
Planting And Care
- Stevia plants do best in a rich, loamy soil â€” the same kind in which common garden-variety plants thrive. Since the feeder roots tend to be quite near the surface, it is a good idea to add compost for extra nutrients if the soil in your area is sandy.
- Besides being sensitive to cold during their developmental stage, the roots can also be adversely affected by excessive levels of moisture.
- So take care not to overwater them and to make sure the soil in which they are planted drains easily and isnâ€™t soggy or subject to flooding or puddling.
- Frequent light watering is recommended during the summer months. Adding a layer of compost or your favorite mulch around each stevia plant will help keep the shallow feeder roots from drying out.
- Stevia plants respond well to fertilizers with a lower nitrogen content than the fertilizerâ€™s phosphoric acid or potash content.
- Most organic fertilizers would work well, since they release nitrogen slowly.
Stevia Plant Care
||Well drained soil
||20 to 30 degrees C
||Apply any organic fertilizer
Stevia Plant Uses
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose
- Stevia herb parts are very low in calories
- Parts by parts, its dry leaves possess roughly 40 times more sweetness than sugar
- This sweetness quality in stevia is due to several glycoside compounds including stevioside, steviolbioside, rebaudiosides A-E, and dulcoside
- Stevioside is a non-carbohydrate glycoside compound
- Hence, it lacks the properties that sucrose and other carbohydrates possess
- Stevia extracts, like rebaudioside-A, are found to be 300 times sweeter than sugar
- Besides, being a near-zero calorie food ingredient, stevia extracts have several unique properties such as long shelf life, high temperature tolerance, non-fermentative