- Grown as an annual
- Plants grow to 3 feet tall
- Long, thin green leaves
- Leaves have a sweet flavor
Herb, Stevia Description
(Stevia rebaudiana) Nature’s sweet secret. Used in Japan since the 1970s when the safety of artificial sweeteners came into question. Stevia extracts are 200-300 times sweeter than sugar, calorie-free, and all natural. The FDA has approved its use as a dietary supplement. Sub-tropical plant grown as an annual. Should be protected when temperatures fall below 50?F.
Learn to Grow it
You can sow seeds indoors or directly into the soil in mild areas starting around mid-spring.
Space your plants or seeds 6-8 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.
This is a "cut-and-come-again" plant so you can harvest leaves as they mature. Keep the leaves well watered and cool.
Mulching the soil around this crop can help protect the plant and keep roots cool and moist. In frost-free zones, this crop can be grow throughout the fall and winter.