I thought sweet Stevia had been overly priced. They didn't look too healthy. Anyway we bought 3 pots at a price of RM5 each at Felda Kemahang nursery on 26th of December 2010. We tried to propagate right away. After a month one had rooted. To get back the investment of RM15, I needed another two cuttings to sprout roots and grow. Now we have 10 tiny seedlings, and another 50 in the pipeline.
One of the three mother plants
Stevia has a drooping habit,
and new shoots try to straighten.
A simple technique indeed, cut a stem with a few nodes and place in water. Wait until there is enough roots to transfer into pot.
|The first baby Stevia propagated|
References mention about good practice to cut off flowers, because flowering is an indication that stevia is about to dry up and die. So we keep cutting back branches with flowers, and propagate. What we know about Stevia is only through reading. And that doesn't stop us from planning to propagate more, setting a target of 1000 plants by middle of next year.
bangchik and kakdah
Notes on Stevia
What is stevia?
Stevia is a small shrub like perennial plant which belongs to sunflower (Asteraceae) family. It is also known as Eupatorium rebaudianum, sweetleaf, honeyleaf and sugarleaf, and sweet herb of Paraguay. The leaves of Stevia are a source of natural zero-calorie sweetener which is considered sweeter than sugar (sucrose). It has been used in South and Central America , Japan and many other parts of the world as a sugar substitute and in the treatment of a number of health conditions for centuries. Initially the leaves of Stevia were consumed fresh or dried but eventually chemists isolated the glycosides called stevioside and rebaudioside from its leaves that give stevia its sweet taste. Stevia also contains phytonutrients, trace elements, minerals, vitamins and volatile oils which give Stevia its nutritional and medicinal properties. In 2008, FDA (The Food and Drug Administration) approved sweetener derived from the herb stevia as safe for use in foods and beverages. The steviols glycosides are now used in herbal supplements, foods and beverages, and as sweetening powders and syrups. Unlike other sweeteners, Stevia can be used in baking and cooking and its lesser amount is ample.(click here for more: Health Benefits of Stevia www.homeremediesweb.com )
What are the benefits of Stevia
A number of studies show that Stevia can be beneficial in the treatment of many health conditions. Stevia is believed to have anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-glycemic, and anti-hypertensive properties which may help with hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, chronic fatigue, indigestion, upset stomach, heartburn, weight loss, cold and flu, gingivitis, tooth decay, cavities, dandruff and hair loss, brittle bones or osteoporosis, streptococcus, candidiasis, bacterial infections and skin conditions such as cuts, wounds, rashes, itchiness, blemishes, acne, seborrhoeic dermatitis, dermatitis, eczema, and wrinkles. It may also improve energy levels, strengthen immune system, stimulate mental activity, and may also help in withdrawl from tobacco and alcohol addiction. (click here for more: (click here for more: Health Benefits of Stevia www.homeremediesweb.com )
- Stevia Information - Growing Your Own Stevia www.stevia.com
- HOW TO GROW STEVIA agrobiosolution
- STEVIA REBAUDIANA stevia-gec.blogspot.com
- Pokok Stevia @ Pokok Gula tip-untuk-semua.blogspot.com
- Stevia, prospects as an emerging sweetener Veena Sharma