Since the last 4 decades ago I've been hearing that sugar is bad for us, as it gives us tooth cavities. From 3 decades ago I've been hearing that sugar is the leading cause of obesity and diabetes. But from 2 decades they say that sugar is linked to all types of life threatening conditions, including cancer... Now listening to all of this, a lot of people converted to artificial sweeteners. But in the last decade I hear that even those chemical sweeteners can potentially be worse then sugar... Besides, they are not as good as reguy sugar anyway. In fact some actually tasted horrible - Yet those who were suffering from a very bad case of diabetes would force themselves into thinking that it tasted exactly like sugar. Still, for so long, there was no real alternative to genuine sweetness of actual sugar - Until now, with STEVIA! A plant which is said to be 200 times sweeter than sugar, (so that's 20,000%, yes twenty thousand percent sweeter). With hardly any negative effects, or so I'm told at this point in time. So for the first time in my life, I ordered a living plant online. But guess what? It came damaged. The stem is cracked, obviously because nobody cared during the shipment. The plant also arrived a few days late. So was in poor health too. I ordered one just to see if it would reach. Therefore now I've ordered 2 more, (in case this one didn't make it. Yes I got seeds of this plant too. Which I will plant in December, (winder time for me). Otherwise the heat will kill them before germination. Stevia seeds are also notorious for being very stubborn, where only 12 to 15% actually become successful plants. So I thought that in the meantime I would buy living plants. Which I would be able to propagate on my own also. But I don't know what to do now, when this plant has a cracked stem... I have braced it by placing it between my lime bushes - That's why I had bought it, so I can have a constant supply of sugar free lemonade/limeade on demand. No I don't yet have any health issues, so I can still use regular sugar as normal. But I was thinking - Why wait until there is a problem? Why not start living in a healthy way from today? But in the meantime, what to do about this plant? Can it be saved somehow? Just don't want it to go to waste... Any advice will be greatly appreciated. This is how it was when I opened the box. The delivery people obviously kicked it around a lot. I noticed that the stem was bent, but since it's a soft plant I said that it'll be alright. At least I wrote a very bad review of the delivery people online, (not the seller). So everybody can see how negligent they have been. But beyond that, I can't do much else. This is a rare plant over here, that's why my heart is burning. And living plants of stevia are almost never available - Supplier too just wrote on his page that they now have limited stock. So that's why I ordered 2 more. After watering it and keeping it in half shade for a few days, the plant has started looking a little bit healthy now. But the stem is still cracked. And yes, I tasted it also, and it's EXTREMELY sweet! So sweet that it can taste horrible if you accidentally overdid it. Anyway these pictures below will now show you the current state of this plant. I've now again place it in between my lime bushes (for support) after taking the pictures for you guys. I just hope this plant survives. As it's both rate and very beautiful. There is some new growth from below the point where the stem is cracked. So hopefully the plant should survive until next season. Since it's a perennial plant, it surviving is the main priority. But it still would be nice if I could save the main portion of this plant from going to waste.