Stevia 'Candy' syn. Sugar Plant
A natural alternative to synthetic and processed sugars, Stevia is not a new plant, having been grown by Brazilian and Paraguayan tribes for centuries. This variety of Stevia grows extra large leaves, doubling your harvest with every snip. Stevia is 200-300 times sweeter than sucrose, with no calorific value and an extremely low glycemic index.
Sow seeds in punnets or trays for transplanting when the weather is favourable. As a guide, sow seeds 6-8 weeks before the last frost to be ready for transplanting in spring. Sow on the soil surface and mist regularly. Do not allow seeds to dry out. Seeds should germinate in 14-21 days at 20-24 degrees C. Once plants have established several sets of true leaves, harden off before planting in full sun or part shade in a soil enriched with compost and manure. In pots use a premium potting mix. Minimise root disturbance at transplanting. Mulch to conserve moisture and water regularly. Tip prune to encourage compact, bushy growth. Harvest before flowering in summer and dry leaves for use throughout the cooler months. Leaves can be made into a syrup or dried and used as a powder. Protect from frost.