Stevia is a natural, calorie-free sugar substitute for beverages and food. Stevia has a powerfully sweet flavour – two fresh leaves are enough to sweeten a cup of coffee or tea. Leaves can be used fresh, dried, finely ground, or in a liquid extract or tincture.
For best results sow into trays of Yates® Black Magic® Seed Raising Mix. Firm down but don’t cover. Keep moist during germination. Transplant when large enough to handle.
Stevia is a frost-sensitive perennial, and needs to be brought inside or kept under glass over Winter. Ideal as a potted herb in the kitchen. Feed plants regularly with Yates® Thrive® Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food. Protect plants from snails and slugs.
Frequent picking keeps the plants bushy. Stevia is best harvested as it begins to flower, when the stevioside compound that gives stevia its sweetness is at its highest.