Anyone here grow stevia? What are its likes/dislikes? And, how do you use it?
I used it as compost. It tastes like saccharine. : - p
Never try to baptize a cat.
I tried it too. Once.
I'd appreciate your info about what you liked/ didn't like about it. Does it like sun? How much water, etc. Why did you only grow it once? Thanks.
Yes, stevia likes sun and plenty of warmth. It can be a bit fussy to grow, at least up here, but I doubt you would have that problem. The reason I never grew it again was because I realized I did not like it, and I could not find anyone who did, so it seemed silly to waste time and money to grow it. Before you do, if you are planning to grow it to consume, I would recommend you buy a little bit of it to try first. Most health food stores carry it I believe, and in fact sometimes you can even get little free sample packets of it. If you don't want to use it for a food product I would see no reason to grow it as it is not especially pretty or anything.
Thank you for the info.
I bought a pot at Wallmart several years ago. It grew fine through the summer. Full sun but no special care. It seems to be a sub-tropical so it won't winyer over in most of ourgardens. I didn' care for it because I don't like artifical sweetners because they leave a sweet after taste. I thought that it tasted no better and no worse than the chemical sweetners. Go for it!
It tasted exactly like Sweet and Low to me. Yuck.
I grow it just for the fun of it. If you put it in a hanging basket it will trail over the side. It has no flowers even though it is from the crysanthemum family. My 3 year old likes the taste and will sometimes pick the leaves off and eat them. The leaves have a milder taste than the grocery store packets. I'm wondering if anyone will ever come up with a salad recipie for this stuff. It's a nice conversation piece in the garden.
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