There will be exceptions to the rule about harvesting when blossoming begins. In far north latitudes, for instance, a hard frost may threaten before blossoming begins. In that case you’ll need to go ahead and harvest. At the equator, day length is 12 hours all the time! So at or near the equator, stevia will tend to blossom quickly. In this case, you may want to wait until plants have been blossoming a while in hopes of allowing more growth before harvesting. Harvests will be smaller but more frequent than at higher latitudes.
Do you have a stevia question? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I might answer it in a future edition of this newsletter.
The Stevia Grower is written by Jeffrey Goettemoeller for Prairie Oak Publishing.