Botanical Interests Organic Stevia Seeds
The sweetest plant you'll ever grow! Leaves add natural sweetness to tea, fruit salads, and many other dishes.
Perennial in USDA zones 9-11; otherwise grown as an annual. Now you can grow your own calorie-free, carbohydrate-free, low-glycemic sweetener at home! Stevia is up to 300 times as sweet as sugar, so a little goes a long way. Some say the leaves have a licorice aftertaste, which may be a bonus if you love the flavor. The bushy 18" - 30" tall plants can be grown in 10" - 12" diameter containers, and pinched back to maintain desired height. Grow in full sun or part shade. Leaves are sweetest just before the plant flowers in late summer to fall. Stevia is grown as an annual in all but tropical climates.
When to sow outside: Not recommended.
When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before average last frost. (Transplant outside after all danger of frost has passed.)
Special germination instructions: Germination is best at 70-75° F.
Harvesting: Best flavor (highest stevioside content) is during the cool weather of fall, and right before the plant flowers. Harvest in the morning after dew has dried. The entire plant can be pulled, or pick individual leaves at any growth stage. As plant matures, entire branches can be cut, and the leaves stripped off. To allow growth to continue, never remove more than 1/3 of the plant at a time. In very mild climates, plant may re-grow after cutting back to 4" - 6" above the base.
Contents: Stevia rebaudiana
Why Our Product is Different
At Botanical Interests our goal is to inspire AND educate so that you can create beautiful and successful gardens.
A large selection of Certified Organic varieties
Guaranteed - the germination rate of every variety is tested before we package it
No GMOs - recently, we enthusiastically signed the SAFE SEED PLEDGE: We do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants
About Botanical Interests
Curtis and Judy met while waiting to interview for the same horticultural job and soon found they shared a boundless enthusiasm for gardening. Botanical Interests began out of their mutual passion and personal desire for better quality seed and more informational tools to help and inpire gardeners.
"We wanted a level of purity and quality that wasn't easy to find," recalls Curtis. So they searched out the highest quality seed available and began their business in 1997, in the spare bedroom of their Colorado home. The business objectives they established then still hold strong for them now: to inspire and educate gardeners; to provide high quality seed to their customers; and to create an enjoyable work place for employees.
Over the years, Judy and Curtis' family has grown along with their line of seeds which now attracts and pleases customers nationwide.