The Q&A Archives: Stevia

Question: What areas can stevia be planted outside area? We live in the inland area of Southern California. Thanks

Answer: The timing of your question is perfect - National Gardening Magazine did an article on stevia that includes all the information you're looking for! The article appeared in the on-line magazine at a few months ago. Here's the address for the article:

Stevia should be considered an annual in your growing region, or you can pot up plants to bring inside for use during the winter. In nature it grows on moist, sandy streambanks and marshes, so in the garden, provide a well-drained humusy-loam soil that is slightly acidic (6.0-6.5, which is good for most garden vegetables). Transplants are slow to get going, but will take off in midsummer. Harvest leaves before the plants flower, and dry them for storage. A few days of strong sun should be enough to dry them well.

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