Basics

Ease of Growing
Moderate
Grown as
Perennial
Growing Habit
-
Hardiness
Tender

Hardy to 10˚ F.

Crops
Spring Transplant, Summer
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Warm, Hot

Grows well in pots or rich garden soil, in full sun to part shade, humidity, and with plenty of water.

Outdoor Growing Temp
65°F - 90°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
80°F

Stevia germinates best at 80 - 85˚ F. It may be best to start it in a greenhouse or on a heat mat to achieve this required temperature.

Start Indoors
Yes
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
-
Water
Moderate

Stevia does not like to dry out, but also dislikes standing water which encourages rot and disease.

Feeder
Moderate

Stevia needs a good feed of phosphorus and potassium, and does not benefit from a high-nitrogen fertilizer (it grows quickly, but the flavor isn't as strong).

Suitability
High heat, Needs summer shade
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
Yes

Stevia grows best in zones 9 and 10. If you live elsewhere, growing Stevia in a container may be the only practical way to grow it.

Grow one plant in a 14" container placed in an area that gets at least 8 hours of sunlight in the day. Keep soil moist, but do not over-water. Bring container inside for cold nights or in the winter.

Attracts beneficial insects?
No
Color
-
Fruit Size
-"
Plant Height
18.0-24.0"
Plant Diameter
12.0-24.0"
Hardiness Zone
9-14
Disease Resistance
-
Taste Profile

Sweeter than sugar!