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That’s right — sugar’s healthier double comes from a plant that you can grow in your garden! Stevia is a South American solution to the artificial sweeteners that raised alarms about 40 years ago. Perennial plants grow to 12-36 inches and need protection when night temps get below 50˚F. Dry and crush leaves for sweetening. Here’s more on How to Grow Stevia.
Each packet contains approximately 10 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Plants thrive in well-drained rich soil and afternoon shade, especially in hot climates. Start indoors under lights 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost and transplant outside when nighttime temperatures are consistently above 50˚F. Space 18- to 24-inches apart in prepared garden beds. Grows well in containers too!
Cool temperatures and short days intensify the plant’s sweet flavor. As a result, leaves should be harvested late in the season. To dry, tie the cuttings in small bunches and hang upside down in a well-ventilated, dark room. Remove dried leaves from the stems and store whole in airtight jars. Crush or grind just before use.