6d139e923cb4ecb25fa6718a9116af3e
Click This Button To Use These Plant Care Reminders

Go to your My Plant Care page to see what you should be doing in your garden this month!

Sweet leaf
Stevia rebaudiana is available at
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Instead of just as an annual, Sweet Leaf may be grown as a perennial in the mild coastal Southern California climates where frosts seldom occur. It is grown for its leaves, which are used fresh or dried to sweeten beverages. Fresh leaves are up to 30 times sweeter than sugar; they are the sweetest just before the plant blooms in the fall.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
Web Link - For more information
Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost and cold weather.

  • February
    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost and cold weather.

  • March
    • Buy

        Buy starter plants from specialty mail-order sources.

    • Plant

        Plant in containers or in the ground in a rich, well-drained soil.

    • Sow Seeds

        Seeds may be planted in containers, but they are difficult to sprout.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Prune

        Cut back older plants to promote new spring growth.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy starter plants from specialty mail-order sources.

    • Plant

        Plant in containers or in the ground in a rich, well-drained soil.

    • Sow Seeds

        Seeds may be planted in containers, but they are difficult to sprout.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Prune

        Cut back older plants to promote new spring growth.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy starter plants from specialty mail-order sources.

    • Plant

        Plant in containers or in the ground in a rich, well-drained soil.

    • Sow Seeds

        Seeds may be planted in containers, but they are difficult to sprout.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Prune

        Tip pinch or shear lightly to encourage bushy growth and maximum foiage.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by taking softwood cuttings.

    • Harvest

        Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

  • June
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Prune

        Tip pinch or shear lightly to encourage bushy growth and maximum foiage.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by taking softwood cuttings.

    • Harvest

        Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

  • July
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Prune

        Tip pinch or shear lightly to encourage bushy growth and maximum foiage.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by taking softwood cuttings.

    • Harvest

        Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

  • August
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Prune

        Tip pinch or shear lightly to encourage bushy growth and maximum foiage.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by taking softwood cuttings.

    • Harvest

        Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

  • September
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Prune

        Remove flower buds as they form, since leaves will not be as sweet once plants start flowering.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by taking softwood cuttings. Once rooted, these can be wintered-over indoors or in a greenhouse to insure a supply of plants for next year.

    • Harvest

        Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

  • October
    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Prune

        Remove flower buds as they form, since leaves will not be as sweet once plants start flowering.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by taking softwood cuttings. Once rooted, these can be wintered-over indoors or in a greenhouse to insure a supply of plants for next year.

    • Harvest

        Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

  • November
    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Prune

        Remove flower buds as they form, since leaves will not be as sweet once plants start flowering.

    • Harvest

        Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

  • December
    • Water

        Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost and cold weather.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • March

              Buy starter plants from specialty mail-order sources.

            • April

              Buy starter plants from specialty mail-order sources.

            • May

              Buy starter plants from specialty mail-order sources.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • March

              Plant in containers or in the ground in a rich, well-drained soil.

            • April

              Plant in containers or in the ground in a rich, well-drained soil.

            • May

              Plant in containers or in the ground in a rich, well-drained soil.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • March

              Seeds may be planted in containers, but they are difficult to sprout.

            • April

              Seeds may be planted in containers, but they are difficult to sprout.

            • May

              Seeds may be planted in containers, but they are difficult to sprout.

          • Fertilize

            When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • March

              Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

            • April

              Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

            • May

              Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

            • June

              Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

            • July

              Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

            • August

              Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

            • September

              Fertilize with half-strength liquid fertilizer. Do not overfertilize.

          • Water

            Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • February

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • March

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • April

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • May

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • June

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • July

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • August

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • September

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • October

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • November

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

            • December

              Water regularly but lightly during dry periods. Do not overwater.

          • Prune

            When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • March

              Cut back older plants to promote new spring growth.

            • April

              Cut back older plants to promote new spring growth.

            • May

              Tip pinch or shear lightly to encourage bushy growth and maximum foiage.

            • June

              Tip pinch or shear lightly to encourage bushy growth and maximum foiage.

            • July

              Tip pinch or shear lightly to encourage bushy growth and maximum foiage.

            • August

              Tip pinch or shear lightly to encourage bushy growth and maximum foiage.

            • September

              Remove flower buds as they form, since leaves will not be as sweet once plants start flowering.

            • October

              Remove flower buds as they form, since leaves will not be as sweet once plants start flowering.

            • November

              Remove flower buds as they form, since leaves will not be as sweet once plants start flowering.

          • Mulch

            Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Protect from frost and cold weather.

              • February

                Protect from frost and cold weather.

              • December

                Protect from frost and cold weather.

            • Pest/Disease Inspection

              What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Treat for Pest/Disease

                How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Transplant

                  When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • Propagate

                    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • May

                      Propagate by taking softwood cuttings.

                    • June

                      Propagate by taking softwood cuttings.

                    • July

                      Propagate by taking softwood cuttings.

                    • August

                      Propagate by taking softwood cuttings.

                    • September

                      Propagate by taking softwood cuttings. Once rooted, these can be wintered-over indoors or in a greenhouse to insure a supply of plants for next year.

                    • October

                      Propagate by taking softwood cuttings. Once rooted, these can be wintered-over indoors or in a greenhouse to insure a supply of plants for next year.

                  • Harvest

                    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • May

                      Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

                    • June

                      Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

                    • July

                      Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

                    • August

                      Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

                    • September

                      Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

                    • October

                      Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

                    • November

                      Harvest leaves for use fresh or dried.

                  • Special requirements

                    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec

                    Click This Button To Use These Plant Care Reminders