Friday, April 16, 2010

Growing Stevia Plant seedlings

Growing Stevia Plant seedlings is much like growing seedlings of other plants.  The Stevia seedlings will need even watering, a light source and humidity.  If you buy at a local garden center or order online Stevia seedlings they will be past the delicate 2 and 4 leaf stage.  As you grow your Stevia plant steedlings indoors before moving outdoors, if they get leggy (which means tall and lanky) pinch off the leggy part leaving at least 2 to 3 sets of leaves on the stalk. 
In this picture you can see that the Stevia plant seedling on the right has gotten leggy, the one on the left was pinched off about a week ago and is showing new branches sprouting from where the leaves grow from the main stem. 

When you move the seedling outside, place them in a shady area, make sure the night time temperatures will not dip below 45 degrees Farenheight.  Slowly expose them to morning or evening sun, slowly increasing the sun until they are able to be in the full sun without wilting or getting sunburned.  Keep them well watered.  This process is called hardening off. 

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