Stevia -

(Stevia rebaudiana)

Annual Plants


Family: Asteraceae Genus: Stevia Species: rebaudiana
Stevia
Gardenality.com Planted · 7 years ago
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Plant Type: Annual Bedding, Perennial

Temp / Zone: Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F, Zone 8B · 15° to 20° F, Zone 9A · 20° to 25° F, Zone 9B · 25° to 30° F, Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F, Zone 11 · Above 40° F

Sun Exposure: Full / Mostly Sun, Morning Sun / Evening Shade, Morning Shade / Evening Sun

Soil Type: Loam

Soil Drainage: Well Drained

Water Needs: Average

Level of Care: Low

Growth Rates: Fast, Moderate

Flower Color: White

Foliage Color: Medium Green

Average Width: 2' to 3'

Average Height: 2' to 3'

Season of Color: Fall Blooms, Spring Blooms, Summer Blooms

Resistant To: Heat

Landscape Uses: Containers / Planters, Landscape Beds

Growth Habits: Upright

Theme Gardens: Cottage, Herb

Culinary Usages: Candies, Desserts, Drinks / Teas / Juices

Soil pH: 6, 6.5

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Feeding
Stevia plants respond well to fertilizers with a lower nitrogen content than the fertilizer’s with a higher phosphoric acid or potash content. Most organic fertilizers work well since they release nitrogen slowly. Fertilize in spring and again in early summer.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Pruning
Harvesting should be done as late as possible, since cool fall temperatures and shorter days tend to intensify the sweetness of the plants as they evolve into a reproductive state. The easiest technique to harvest stevia is to cut the branches off with pruners before stripping the leaves. As an extra bonus, you might also want to clip off the very tips of the stems and add them to your harvest, as they are apt to contain as much stevioside as do the leaves.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Planting
In zones where Stevia can be grown outdoors, plant them in a rich, loamy, well-drained soil. If your soil is sandy add some compost when planting.

This versatile plant can be grown either in pots on your balcony or any sunny spot. A 10? to 12? diameter container filled with a lightweight growing mix is an ideal size for each plant. A little mulch on the top will help retain the moisture in the shallow root zone.

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