mom. Organic Gardening. March 25th , 2018.
Stevia is a natural sweetener that starts to gain popularity these days. It’s quite expensive to buy stevia (leaves, crystals, or liquid), so to grow organic stevia plants in your garden is a good way to overcome the price. By cultivating it by yourself, you’ll get the sweet without the guilt, also you’ll feel satisfied growing them with your own hands. Below are some key information about cultivating stevia.
Doesn't Grow Well From Seed
Unless you have really mastered the methods, it’s quite difficult to successfully breed stevia from seed. The plants would grow for sure, but the levels of sweetness in the plants’ leaves could be inconsistent. There’s also the risk to get low rate of germination. That means from the whole package of seeds, not all of them can sprout.That’s why we recommend you to use starter plants which have been germinated and have reached an ideal size. The starter plants can be grown from mature Stevia Plant cuttings; you can get them at your local specialty nurseries.
How to Grow Stevia
Now after you know the kind of plants you want to grow and where you can get them, you might wonder how to take care the organic stevia plants. Stevia is sensitive to cold, so we recommend you to only plant them outdoor until you’re sure the winter season has passed. As you grow them outside, make sure to leave 18 to 24 inches of space between the stevia plants so the patch don’t get overcrowded.
In growing healthy organic stevia plants, it’s also important for you to know the ideal conditions of your soil to guarantee you get the healthiest plants. Stevia prefers "loamy" soil. This kind of soil is easily crumbled that is good drainage, and oftenly has a little bit grainy or sandy texture. The loamy soil let the plants to root easily in the soil as well as give proper drainage thus avoiding rotten roots.
Stevia Plants has shallow roots, which are more prone to rot, that’s why it’s necessary to grow them in places with proper drainage. Another root protection method is to spread a thin coating of compost on every side of the plants. The compost also gives the loamy soil (which often come with lack of nutrients) needed nutrients. Kill two birds with one stone.
Another concern is the methods of feeding and watering stevia plants. You should give them light water daily in the summer, as you don’t want to overwhelm your plants with too much moisture. It’s also recommended for you to feed your plants with fertilizers that contain low nitrogen. Organic fertilizers that contains higher amount of phosphoric acid or potash and less nitrogen are ideal materials for feeding stevia.
Growing stevia can be a bit tricky, but actually it’s pretty basic. Follow the tips above, do your own research and keep trying will make you successful in growing organic stevia plants.
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