Harvest Season:  Summer

Plant Habit: Mounding, upright

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium

Fertilize: Every two weeks

Height: 10" - 16"

Width: 8" - 10"

Exposure: Sun

General Information: 

Stevia, a natural sweetener derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, has gained popularity in recent years as a healthier alternative to sugar. Many people are now choosing to grow their own stevia plants at home, and for good reason.

Stevia is a zero-calorie sweetener that does not raise blood sugar levels, making it an excellent choice for individuals with diabetes or those looking to reduce their sugar intake.

By growing your own stevia plants, you can save money on purchasing expensive store-bought sweeteners. Stevia plants are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance, making them a cost-effective option for sweetening your favorite beverages and recipes.

Choosing to grow your own stevia plants promotes sustainability and reduces your carbon footprint. By eliminating the need for commercially produced sweeteners, you are contributing to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. 

Stevia can be used in a variety of ways, making it a versatile addition to your garden. The leaves can be dried and ground into a powder, which can then be used as a sugar substitute in baking and cooking. You can also infuse the leaves in hot water to create a natural, calorie-free sweet tea or add them to your favorite herbal tea blends for a touch of sweetness.

Growing stevia plants can be a fun and educational experience for both children and adults. It provides an opportunity to learn about plant cultivation, gardening techniques, and the natural properties of stevia. Watching the plants grow and harvesting the leaves can be a rewarding and educational process.



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