Candyleaf

Did you know? The chemical compounds that produce the sweetness in Stevia have 250–300 times the sweetness of sugar.
Common name : Candyleaf
Scientific name : Stevia rebaudiana
Family : Gesneriaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Annual
Cold-sensitive
Cold-sensitive
Sun loving
Sun loving
Stevia rebaudiana - candyleaf - is a species in the sunflower family Asteraceae, native to Brazil and Paraguay. It is a tender perennial widely grown for its sweet leaves, which are the source of sweetener products known generically as stevia and sold under various trade names.

Sowing & planting

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 10a
Height 30 - 100
pH 6 - 7

Sow my candyleaf

Prepare the soil by breaking up the clods on the top of the soil, and push the coarser elements over to the edges with a rake. The smaller the seeds, the more you need to get a finer result. Sow seeds of less than 2mm in line or on the fly. For seeds between 2 and 4 mm, sow them in line with a few centimeters space in between. Finally, sow the large seeds in a heap: dig a little hole and put 2 to 5 seeds in it. Cover the seeds 2-3 times their height, add some sand if your soil is very heavy.

Water my candyleaf

Water regulary in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

Remove my candyleaf

At the end of the season, you can tear off this annual plant without any qualms: it will not grow again next year.

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