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Stevia Organic Heirloom Seed

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Perennial in USDA zones 9-11; otherwise grown as an annual. Now you can grow your own calorie-free, carbohydrate-free, low-glycemic sweetener at home! Stevia is up to 300 times as sweet as sugar, so a little goes a long way. Some say the leaves have a licorice aftertaste, which may be a bonus if you love the flavor. The bushy 18" - 30" tall plants can be grown in 10" - 12" diameter containers, and pinched back to maintain desired height. Grow in full sun or part shade. Leaves are sweetest just before the plant flowers in late summer to fall. Stevia is grown as an annual in all but tropical climates.

When to sow outside: Not recommended.

When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before average last frost. (Transplant outside after all danger of frost has passed.)

Special germination instructions: Germination is best at 70-75° F.

Harvesting: Best flavor (highest stevioside content) is during the cool weather of fall, and right before the plant flowers. Harvest in the morning after dew has dried. The entire plant can be pulled, or pick individual leaves at any growth stage. As plant matures, entire branches can be cut, and the leaves stripped off. To allow growth to continue, never remove more than 1/3 of the plant at a time. In very mild climates, plant may re-grow after cutting back to 4" - 6" above the base.

  • Perennial
  • Full Sun
  • 8”-30” tall 
  • Days to Emerge: 7-21 days
  • Seed Depth: 1/8” or barely cover
  • Seed Spacing: 18”
  • Row Spacing: 20”-24” 
  • Thinning: Do not thin

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