This will be my first experience with stevia growing from seeds, but since I do have some experience in germinating tropical seeds...I am hopeful and optimistic!
Stevia is a herb used as a sweetener. Stevioside is 3 times sweeter than sugar but without the calories. It can be used in place of sugar in drinks, baked goods, desserts, preserves, also plaque retardant and tooth decay inhibitor. Stevia comes originally from Paraguay.
Plant Height: 24" tall
Sunlight: Partial Shade
Planting Instructions: Seeds are expensive and need light to germinate. Do not cover with seed starting material. Just sprinkle the seeds on top. Germination is slow and erratic. Use lightweight sterilized seed starting material as seeds are very tiny. Keep soil damp but not soggy or seeds may rot. Maintain heat at 77 degrees F or higher to speed up germination. Bottom heat may speed up germination. Must be brought indoors during winter.
Soil Facts: Requires a well prepared soil. Use general purpose fertilizer when preparing soil.
Germination: 12-18 days
Amongst several other websites, fresh seeds can be purchased here