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Sweet Leaf Stevia Candy
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Sweet Leaf Stevia Candy

The Natural Sugar Substitute

  • Leaves 30 times sweeter than sugar
  • Perennial shrub in zones 8-11
  • Can be grown as houseplant
  • Sweeten baked goods and drinks
  • Grows 12-32 in. tall
A perennial shrub in Zones 8-11, this lovely little plant makes a perfect houseplant no matter where you live. In its whole leaf form, Candy Stevia is 30 times sweeter than sugar! Sweet Leaf is very low in calories, and it is gaining popularity as a sugar substitute. Can be used in baking and to sweeten hot liquid such as coffee or tea. Just chewing a few leaves is sure to knock out the worst sugar craving! Leaves are sweetest when they are mature, and temperatures are around 60 degrees F. Plants grow 12-32 in. tall and prefer full sun.
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  • Botanical Name: Stevia Rebaudiana 'Candy'
  • Height: 12- 32 inches.
  • Spacing: 18 - 24 inches.
  • Depth: Plant at same depth as the pot it arrives in. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep.
  • Spread: 12-18 inches.
  • Light Required: Full sun.
  • Foliage: Oval-shaped, tiny green leaves.
  • Blooms: Fall for about two months.
  • Zone: 8 - 11 perennial, grow as an annual or as a houseplant in northern zones.
  • Germination: 10-15 days.
  • Form: Tender perennial.
  • Flower Form: Small white flowers.
  • Soil Requirements: Tolerant to a wide variety of well-drained soils.
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Seed Count: Approximately 25 seeds per packet.
  • Pruning: For best foliar harvest, keep stevia cut back to prevent flowering.
  • Comments: 300 times sweeter than sugar. Treat as a houseplant in Winter. However, it can be set outside during the Summer months. Harvest at end of season. Leaves are sweetest when mature and temperatures are around 60 degrees F. Sweetener is best extracted by soaking dried leaves in boiling water, squeezing them dry and removing them. Liquid can be stored in refrigerator and used as needed. Dried leaves are approximately 10 times as sweet as an equivalent weight of sugar (1/2 gram of dried leaves equals 5 grams of sugar).

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