Stevia rebaudiana) Nature’s sweet secret. Used in Japan since the 1970s when the safety of artificial sweeteners came into question. Stevia extracts are 200-300 times sweeter than sugar, calorie-free, and all natural. The FDA has approved its use as a dietary supplement. Sub-tropical plant grown as an annual. Should be protected when temperatures fall below 50°F.
8-12 weeks before last frost
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Sow seeds indoors on surface of soil. Keep indoors until nighttime temperatures are consistently above 50ºF. May then be transplanted outdoors or into pots. Prefers well-drained soil—do not overwater. Can be grown year round in pots if given proper care.