Those who enjoy stevia can also pull it from the stevia from seed. The Stevia seed needs a lot of care at first .
The cultivation of Stevia rebaudiana is also in our latitudes possible. The plants are usually perennial but do not tolerate frost. You can get stevia plants in garden centers, well-stocked garden centers, at weekly markets or online.
You can also grow stevia plants from seeds . There are a few things to consider when growing from seeds, a germ temperature of at least 22 degrees Celsius must be maintained. Sowing takes place in a bowl filled with growing soil, the seed is pressed onto the surface of the soil and not covered with soil. Stevia is a light germ!
Moisten the soil well and cover the bowl with glass or foil. Important: leave a gap for ventilation. Place the bowl on the windowsill in a light and warm place. The first seedlings often come after 10 days. When the individual plants are about 4-5cm tall, they are then planted in a pot. It loves very permeable soil, mix some coarse sand into the soil and fertilize very sparingly.
A sunny place on the balcony is ideal, but the terrace also thrives splendidly at home on the windowsill. The stevia plant loves light and warmth, also make sure you have a sufficiently large pot of 18 to 20 cm in diameter so that it has enough space to form its roots.
The stevia leaves contain a sweetener stevioside and have practically no calories and are therefore suitable for diabetics. The sweetener stevia is traditionally used in South America for mate tea. In Europe, tea lovers like to use it to sweeten herbal tea and black tea.