How to sow seeds of the herb Stevia rebaudiana Tender Perennial.
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Stevia rebaudiana Tender Perennial that you can grow at home.
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Common Name: Stevia.
Botanical Name: Stevia rebaudiana.
A brief history of the plant Stevia rebaudiana.
Today I will be starting the herb Stevia from seed.
All you have to do is get a clean seed flat. Fill it up with 1/2 of the germinating mix and have the mixture moist not soaked with water And let the flat drain first before you sow or broadcast the seed. Then you can start your seeds by broad casting them across the soil that is in the seed flat. I don't cover the seed because they are very small or fine seed. And to cover the seed with soil and they would not germinate or not as good with not covering the seed. Make should you soak the flat before you sow the seeds and mist the flat after you sow the seeds. And then either place the flat on the propagation bench or if you are planting them and they are inside the house then place them on a heat pad at 68 to 75 degrees F. from 10 to 14 days until they germinate. After that turn the heat pad down and let the plants grow under a gro light until they get large enough to transplant into bigger containers or pots like 3 or 4 inch containers or pots.Then after that keep them well water the stevia rebaudiana plants and fertilize until they are bigger and out grow the smaller pots and then transplant them into larger pots or containers.After all of this you will let them grow big enough until you can take the leaves off by carefully cutting them or pinching them off and drying the leaves or using the leaves fresh.
Then wait about 14 days or 2 weeks until they germinate. And about another two weeks until they are ready to transplant to a larger container. The stevia rebaudiana should not be transplanted until they are big enough and have two sets of true leaves then I would transplant them into larger containers or pots. That you would water them in well after planting in the pots or containers. So this is how you start the herb Stevia from seed and how you take care of them
Seed Companies that you can buy seeds of The Herb Stevia rebaudiana from which you can grow plants from.
W.Atlee Burpee Seed Company
300 Park Avenue
Warmister, Pennsylvania 18974
Harris Seeds/Garden Trends, Inc.
355 Paul RD. P.O. BOX 24966
Rochester, New York 14624-0966
Phone 1-800-544-7938 Local 585-295-3600 Fax 877-892-9197
P.O. Box 548
Buffalo N.Y. 14240-0548 USA
Toll Free 1-800-396-9238
Fax Toll Free 1-800-272-5560.
The three above seed companies carry the seeds of the herb stevia rebaudiana which you can buy and plant the seeds. Which they will grow and you can grow them in containers or pots on your porch and patio. When they get big enough you can start slowly cutting back the plants and stripping the leaves from the cut off stems of the plants and either using the fresh leaves in cooking or baking. Or taking the stevia leaves and drying them for use in many culinary dishes that you would other wise use sugar. Growing your own stevia rebaudiana for use in culinary dishes instead of sugar is a great thing for people whom is trying to cut back on there intake of sugar who is trying to lose weight or people who haves diabetes. This is a great plant that can help many different types of people which other wise wouldn't know what to do and how to get out of using sugar.
Growing this plant stevia rebaudiana at your home and using stevia instead of sugar is a way to help yourself and your family and friends have a healthier life style. I think growing your own stevia for home use is a great way to have fresh sugar type herbs to be used by yourself or other family members/ In which everyone can use the sugar substitute herb at home. In your herb garden or even growing in pots inside your house. Which you can keep growing them on you kitchen window sill. If you don't want to use sugar then maybe you will bed interested in growing stevia and having fun doing that. And also enjoying the stevia in your food and drinks. If you would like to do that with your friends and family and have fun doing so.
Until another time and happy gardening this is
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