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Offline Luc

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Stevia
« on: July 09, 2012, 16:08:33 PM »
Hi

I recently got some Stevia seeds and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience growing and germinating Stevia. I plan to grow as much as I can in containers and supply our local herbal store with Stevia powder and tinctures.

If anyone is wondering about Stevia, it is a natural sweetener ( up to 300 x sweeter than sugar) and not only does it act as an alternative sweetener it also improves insulin sensitivity while also increasing the body's own production of insulin.

More information at : http://www.livestrong.com/article/83180-stevia-insulin/



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Re: Stevia
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2012, 19:38:50 PM »
I got it in that Herb Herbert stand, grew well here, and a great "check this out" plant to have in your garden. I need another one, harvested mine a bit eagerly..

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Re: Stevia
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012, 02:43:44 AM »
Stevia is similar to basils in cold sensitivity so do not rush into it unless you have a heat mat or grow lights. The seeds are surface sown in trays, careful with watering best to enclose in a bag and water from a tray at bottom. Once germinated dehydration becomes your worst enemy.

Transplant into well-drained soil that produces a good crop of vegetables should work fine.

Good luck with your new venture - I hope you got good seed.
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Re: Stevia
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Re: Stevia
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2012, 08:50:24 AM »
Thanks for the info Abby  :clap:

I'm definitely holding onto the seeds until the weather warms up considerably. I got them from Livingseeds.co.za so I'm assuming they will be of good quality.

I will be growing them in some self-watering containers that I made, so hoping they will do well. Time will only tell.

Michael, I can't find seedlings anywhere, hence why I've resorted to germinating the seeds myself. Finding them in a Herb Herbert stand is great find!
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Re: Stevia
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 01:36:50 AM »
Luc  :)
Any chance of seeing your self-watering containers ???
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Re: Stevia
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012, 11:43:52 AM »
Abby, I will try take a few photos this weekend (weather permitting).

I built then using this design : http://islandbreath.blogspot.com/2011/03/build-self-watering-container.html

Its was pretty straight-forward to build. Will have to see how it stands up to the heat in summer, apparently it can go without refilling for about 10 -14 days in hot conditions.
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Re: Stevia
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2012, 09:22:21 AM »
Very interesting Luc  :good:
I am now really looking forward to photos  :)
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Re: Stevia
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2015, 18:59:43 PM »
At last stevia plants are now available locally - and so cheap - R18 each.  I tried seed 3 times and then gave up.

Now the test is to see if they take that sugar craving away!
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Re: Stevia
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2015, 09:14:42 AM »
The sweetness Stevia is overpowering

So I now buy a commercial variety Natvia which is used spoon for spoon as sugar
Natvia is made from Stevia



I know it is cheating but it serves the purpose  ;)

Wonder how Luc got on :)
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Re: Stevia
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2015, 17:53:22 PM »
Yep Abby - it was a mistake to take a whole handful of leaves and flowers and try to chew them......now we take a leaf at a time ;D
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