How to Grow Stevia

Introduction

You need not be a South American planter to be a successful stevia grower. While the herb’s native locale may make it appear somewhat exotic, it has proved to be quite adaptable and capable of being cultivated in climate zones as diverse as Florida and southern Canada.

True, home-grown stevia may lack the potency of refined white stevia extract; whole stevioside content generally ranges from 81 to 91 percent, as compared to a leaf level of approximately 12 percent. But it can provide you with a quantity of freshly harvested stevia ‘tea leaves’ to augment your supply of commercial stevia sweeteners.

Organic gardeners in particular should find stevia an ideal addition to their yield. Though nontoxic, stevia plants have been found to have insect-repelling tendencies. Their very sweetness, in fact, may be a kind of natural defense mechanism against aphids and other bugs that find it not to their taste. Perhaps that’s why crop-devouring grasshoppers have been reported to bypass stevia under cultivation.

Then, too, raising stevia yourself, whether in your back yard or on your balcony, is another positive way you can personally (and quite legally) protest the wrongheaded government policies that have for so long deprived the American people of its benefits — a kind of contemporary Victory Garden.

How to Start Your Own Stevia Patch

It would be difficult, at best, to start a stevia patch from scratch — that is, by planting seeds. Even if you could get them to germinate, results might well prove disappointing, since stevioside levels can vary greatly in plants grown from seed.

The recommended method is rather to buy garden-ready ‘starter’ plants, which given stevia’s ‘growing’ popularity, may well be obtainable from a nursery or herbalist in your area — provided you’re willing to scout around a bit. If you’re not, or are unsuccessful in locating any, there are at least three growers of high-quality stevia who will ship you as many baby plants as you’d like.

Keep in mind that not all stevia plants are created equal in terms of stevioside content, and, hence, sweetness. It’s therefore a good idea to try to determine if the plants you’re buying have been grown from cuttings whose source was high in stevioside.

Because tender young stevia plants are especially sensitive to low temperatures, it’s important that you wait until the danger of frost is past and soil temperatures are well into the 50s and 60s before transplanting them into your garden.

Once you begin, it’s best to plant your stevia in rows 20 to 24 inches apart, leaving about 18 inches between plants. Your plants should grow to a height of about 30 inches and a width of 18 to 24 inches.

The Care and Feeding of Stevia

Stevia plants do best in a rich, loamy soil — the same kind in which common garden-variety plants thrive. Since the feeder roots tend to be quite near the surface, it is a good idea to add compost for extra nutrients if the soil in your area is sandy.

Besides being sensitive to cold during their developmental stage, the roots can also be adversely affected by excessive levels of moisture. So take care not to overwater them and to make sure the soil in which they are planted drains easily and isn’t soggy or subject to flooding or puddling.

Frequent light watering is recommended during the summer months. Adding a layer of compost or your favorite mulch around each stevia plant will help keep the shallow feeder roots from drying out.

Stevia plants respond well to fertilizers with a lower nitrogen content than the fertilizer’s phosphoric acid or potash content. Most organic fertilizers would work well, since they release nitrogen slowly.

Gathering Autumn Stevia Leaves

Harvesting should be done as late as possible, since cool autumn temperatures and shorter days tend to intensify the sweetness of the plants as they evolve into a reproductive state. While exposure to frost is still to be avoided, covering the plants during an early frost can give you the benefit of another few weeks’ growth and more sweetness.

When the time does come to harvest your stevia, the easiest technique is to cut the branches off with pruning shears before stripping the leaves. As an extra bonus, you might also want to clip off the very tips of the stems and add them to your harvest, as they are apt to contain as much stevioside as do the leaves.

If you live in a relatively frost-free climate, your plants may well be able to survive the winter outside, provided you do not cut the branches too short (leaving about 4 inches of stem at the base during pruning). In that case, your most successful harvest will probably come in the second year. Three-year-old plants will not be as productive and, ideally, should be replaced with new cuttings.

In harsher climates, however, it might be a good idea to take cuttings that will form the basis for the next year’s crop. Cuttings need to be rooted before planting, using either commercial rooting hormones or a natural base made from willow tree tips, pulverized onto a slurry in your blender. After dipping the cuttings in such a preparation, they should be planted in a rooting medium for two to three weeks, giving the new root system a chance to form. They should then be potted — preferably in 4.5-inch pots — and placed in the sunniest and least drafty part of your home until the following spring.

Unlocking the Sweetness in Your Harvest

Once all your leaves have been harvested you will need to dry them. This can be accomplished on a screen or net. (For a larger application, an alfalfa or grain drier can be used, but about the only way an average gardener might gain access to such a device is to borrow it from a friendly neighborhood farmer). The drying process is not one that requires excessive heat; more important is good air circulation. On a moderately warm fall day, your stevia crop can be quick dried in the full sun in about 12 hours. (Drying times longer than that will lower the stevioside content of the final product.) A home dehydrator can also be used, although sun drying is the preferred method.

Crushing the dried leaves is the final step in releasing stevia’s sweetening power. This can be done either by hand or, for greater effect, in a coffee grinder or in a special blender for herbs. You can also make your own liquid stevia extract by adding a cup of warm water to 1/4 cup of fresh, finely-crushed stevia leaves. This mixture should set for 24 hours and then be refrigerated.

Growing Stevia Without Land

Just because you live within the confines of an apartment or condominium doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of stevia farming. This versatile plant can be grown either in pots on your balcony or any sunny spot, or else in a hydroponic unit. Stevia plants also do quite well in “container gardens.” A 10″ to 12″ diameter container filled with a lightweight growing mix is an ideal size for each plant. A little mulch on the top will help retain the moisture in the shallow root zone. A properly fertilized hydroponic unit or container garden can provide you with as much stevia as an outdoor garden, if not more.

Sources for mail-order stevia plants

The Herbal Advantage is a Missouri herb supplier offering 2 1/4″ pot size stevia plants ready for planting in your garden. For information and prices, call 800-753-9929, or write to them at Rte. 3, Box 93, Rogersville, MO 65742

Richter’s Herbs, a Canadian business, offers plants in 2 1/2″ pots via courier to customers in the U.S. and Canada. For information and prices, you can call (905) 640-6677 or fax them at (905) 640-6641 or write them at 357 Highway 47, Goodwood, Ontario L0C-1A0

Well Sweep Herb Farm is another source offering plants in 3″ pots either via mail order or to customers who stop by. It is located at 205 Mt. Bethel Road, Port Murray, NJ 07865 or can be reached at (908) 852-5390

Reprinted from The Stevia Story, copyright 1997 by Donna Gates. Photos courtesy Agriculture Canada.

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Chhem December 5, 2016 at 3:44 am

My area is extreme climate is stevia can grow? And can I get supplier to my state Arunachal Pradesh in India?

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Oreoluwa November 28, 2016 at 1:35 pm

I would like to grow stevia in Nigeria of Africa continent. Is it possible to get the plant shipped here? If yes what ate the procedure?

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Richard Gudoi November 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Dear All,
May I know where stevia is grown in Uganda? If so where can it be suitably grown in low lands or highlands such as in the volcanic soils on the slopes of Mt. Elgon. I wan start planting this herb.
Thank you and regards,]
Richard Gudoi Gid’Agui
Kampala-Uganda

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Rajesh P Shah October 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm

I want to grow stevia in chennai were can i get seeds or garden-ready ‘starter’ plants, kindly suggest.

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PRASHANT October 20, 2016 at 3:09 pm

hi i also interested in farming stevia so send me deails how i can

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Yogesh dubey October 15, 2016 at 10:56 am

Sir,I am intrested in stevia cultivationMay i know the detailsHow to cultivate?What are the suitable areas,temperatures?What are the precautionary steps?From where can i get those plants or seeds?Is it better to plant seeds or buy a plant itself?plese help me sir……..…………………..I AM FROM MADHYA PRADESH,INDIA…………………

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Bong Landagan September 10, 2016 at 1:21 am

Hi im bong landagan from los banos philippines, i heard so much about stevia and im usin in my morning coffee instead of refined sugar. I would like to know the culture practice and hopefully produce it for my own consumption and for those who valued their remaining economic life on earth. I have 1.5 hectares farm and i can devote one half of it for stevia production, Kindly share your expertise. We also want to create employment out oftevia production.

thank you

bong

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Joel November 20, 2016 at 3:41 am

I got so many stevia plants and uses some for my coffee,Dried the leaves on dehydrator, I used to be a type 2 diabetic and steavia helps me alot coupled withpowdered malunggay in capsule form. I guess you can buy seeds at amazon or seach the web. I bought mine fully grown at Houston Garden Center for 50 cents per 1 foot high months ago. Now they are flowering dont know yet if seeds will come out well and I can share some to you. Iam native pinoy and Houston based.

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carolina magno September 8, 2016 at 1:12 am

i am from the phlippines i want to plant stevia as a business ,is stevia viable in our place and is there an agency where i can sell it?thanks you

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Arigbabuwo Abdmajid November 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Hi i am a farmer and i have read about stevia, i want to grow the plant pls where can i get it to grow on commercial scale. Thanks

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Marilyn Mathieson September 3, 2016 at 8:52 pm

I would like to know. Would my stevia plant live in my apartment over the winter, should I cut it back and try to regrow???

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Falgun prajapati October 10, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Stevia can tolerate temperature from 4 degree centigrade to 42 degree centigrade

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madhukar dwivedi September 2, 2016 at 11:04 am

ok pl call or mail me

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K.VISHNU August 29, 2016 at 7:03 am

Sir,
I am intrested in stevia cultivation
May i know the details
How to cultivate?
What are the suitable areas,temperatures?
What are the precautionary steps?
From where can i get those plants or seeds?
Is it better to plant seeds or buy a plant itself?
plese help me sir……..
…………………..I AM FROM ANDHRA PRADESH,INDIA………………………

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Praful C August 20, 2016 at 7:37 am

i am interested in stevia farming.
And also want to know market to sell stevia, Production cost and all.
Please help.

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sopatlum minin August 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm

i am from arunachal Pradesh, from where I get stevia seeds to cropping? kindly send me address

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chandra Prakash dadhich August 11, 2016 at 11:39 am

sir,
please send me address form where i got theses plant seeds in Jodhpur

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G S BHARGAVA August 11, 2016 at 8:28 am

dear sir,
I want to know if i can get stevia plant/seeds to grow in a pot in my balcone. I stay in Jaipur
Thanks

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farshad August 6, 2016 at 1:57 pm

Hello , herb stevia to Chqdy you buy ?
Im iran

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Ann July 19, 2016 at 3:39 am

I grew one Stevia plant and it’s huge already. Not sure it will make it to fall to be harvested.

I may try and cut some branches off to make a big patch (container in my case – city dweller) next spring.

This is so exciting to grow my own natural sweetener apart from buying honey at the farmer’s market.

My comment is years after other’s but THANK YOU for your how to posting!

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bhuvana July 31, 2016 at 11:25 am

HI,
iam intrested to grow stevia plants in my garden,i have 3 acres land ,,i would like to know

* On which month its suitable for plantation
* Where stevia plants or seeds are available
* How much time to taken for harvesting
* Where markets available( town or city names) to sold our stevia prod
************ IAM FROM ANDHRA PRADESH**********

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hadi June 18, 2016 at 10:33 pm

hi. i am need for your book pdf…hf you can send my email…thanks for you

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Prashant June 14, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Please send address phone number of availability Stevia seeds in maharashtra.

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Mr Falgun Prajapati July 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm

Mr. Falgun Prajapati +91 7405712808

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chaudhari amol June 3, 2016 at 12:09 pm

i am growing stevia my land plz help me 7040616844

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Seth Serwonu May 26, 2016 at 1:14 am

please i need stevia seeds for my garden, I am in Ghana, is it possible for any of the sources you gave to ship to Ghana?

Thanks
Seth

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gert coetzer December 4, 2016 at 7:20 pm

i am in South Africa , where can i get plants to buy ,

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Joe May 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm

In Vancouver bc,i bought them at Home depot 3/$5.00.

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Julia June 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm

How are they doing and how many did you buy, please? I’ll check and see if the NS Home Depot carries the same stock. It will probably be much more reasonable than shipping from Ontario.. Thanks for posting!

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Rajesh kumar May 10, 2016 at 8:03 am

need stevia seeds for nursury plantig. near Jammu (kathua)

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Rajesh kumar May 10, 2016 at 8:00 am

I need Stevia seeds for planting at Jammu in India. Can anyone help?

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Laila ojjeh April 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm

I am living in Egypt I want to try to plant stavia where can I found the seeds?

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sagar April 18, 2016 at 4:50 pm

I need seed to grow for my own use, shall I know how will I get these seeds

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Jen April 9, 2016 at 11:36 pm

Do I understand that, even if I harvest my leaves, dry them, blend them, and add warm water, that it will not be nearly as sweet as in the store? Is it sweet *enough* to sweeten things, like tea?

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TS Aswal July 1, 2016 at 10:59 am

I have been grrowing few plants in my backyard , after drying the leaves in sun and just hand crushing it .I have been using the powder , quarter of tea spoon in my morning tea, good enough for two cups. It is tastefully sweet and healthy home product. The plant keeps coming up next season by itself without any extra effort.

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TS Aswal July 1, 2016 at 11:05 am

Living in Uttrakhand,a tourist destination hill state of North India , Bordering Tibbet, Nepal, Himachal Pradesh on west .City is Dehradun.,

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George. E. M. October 10, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Hi sir, could you please disclose the source from where you got or I can get planting material?

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vinish shetty April 1, 2016 at 10:56 am

High yield stevia seeds for sale 20seeds INR.100.00

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GSRAO June 10, 2016 at 6:04 am

Sir,
can you suggest me this plants can grow in Hyderabad,India climate, if so any one is growing near by.

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A A Bhaduri July 9, 2016 at 1:56 pm

I require seeds for my small kitchen garden

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Mr Falgun Prajapati July 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

I will provide you stevia seeds free for your kitchen garden.

Send me your address to Mr. Falgun Prajapati on +917405712808

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subby biju July 10, 2016 at 6:31 am

Sir
I want some stevia seeds for my kitchen garden. Please sent in the below address
Quarter no 11
EPFO Staff Quarters
Pattom
Trivandrum
Kerala.
Pin 695004

Please give the details regarding germination of seeds

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Atul Jani March 31, 2016 at 7:27 am

Can anyone provide pictures of Stevia plants, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds ?
Regards,

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Ramana Rao KV May 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm

To get pictures of stevia, please type ‘Stevia Images’ on the google. You will get thousands of the same.

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Atul Jani March 31, 2016 at 7:20 am

Very good informative data. Answers probably, all queries in mind !
Thank you very much.
I wished to know whether Stevia Plants cultivation is possible in tropical countries like India, where
summer is very hot, ranging high level of temperature between 35-40 deg. Celsius ?
Regards.

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Rosa March 7, 2016 at 6:16 am

I am living in South Africa, how can I get hold of a stivia plant.

Kind Regards.
Rosa

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Delroy September 30, 2016 at 9:50 am

ANy gardening centre/nursery should have Stevia plants that you can then propagate via stem cuttings. I routinely buy from Builders warehouse garden centre, Stark Ayres and other places. THey tend to go out of stock over winter but you should start seeing them again now that it’s spring.

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anis uddin February 18, 2016 at 2:23 am

dear; need stevia seeds for nursury plantig. near Allahabad up.

thanks.

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elkana February 13, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Hi!
I am in Tanzania -East.Africa, am very interested with stevia, is.it possible to grow it in my place, and how to get seed also how cani sell it?

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Barbara manuel March 20, 2016 at 4:43 am

I live between Toowoomba [Top mountain range ] and Brisbane Australia. This summer has been hot for us, [most days over 30 and high humidity ] and I have had my 1st go at growing Stevia. Mine is in a 15 litre plastic bucket, wicking method [google or youtube] bottom 16 cm water reservoir and top 20 cm good garden loam. I fill base once a week, don’t think it ever ran out. I have been using a few leaves at a time but will cut today as about to flower. Will leave 1 head to form seed. Have a go and good luck.

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olusegun January 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Am a farmer in Nigeria.
I want to plant stevia in large qantity how can I get the seeds.

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Arigbabuwo Abdmajid March 22, 2016 at 10:04 am

Hello, i am a farmer in Nigeria,i want to add stevia plant to my list of plant, ,i wish to grow it in commercial quantity. Please send me the detail of how i can get the supply and the price. thanks my regards

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Dr.M.B.Parwe January 24, 2016 at 1:03 pm

Stevia is grown in india..??Grown Then Plz Support & Guidlines For Stevia Farming,,.

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Poonam April 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm

I live in Delhi .I got tiny plant from local nursery in Feb.The plant has grown around half a metre.All branches tends to lean towards sun till now.Now mid April temp touching 40c leaves appears to moving away from sunshine.IAm afraid plant may die when temperature will touch 46c. What should I do. I am thinking of keeping plant in partial sunlight.

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keshav garg June 12, 2016 at 8:14 am

Dear Poonam ji
I am the gen secy of Ekal Grothan Foundation a NGO
. We cater to 1000 villages development through our 19 centres across India.
Need yr help in knowing your source of getting the stevia plants
Thx fr yr time and kind attention
keshav garg

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Brad January 11, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Hi im looking to start growing stevia in Australia.
How can I get some seedlings.
Thanks for your time.

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Jean February 5, 2016 at 3:48 am

Hi Brad, I just bought a plant from Bunnings, I imagine that all stores would have them at some stage.

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Barbara manuel March 20, 2016 at 4:49 am

Hi Brad, I bought mine at the local Sunday market in Toowoomba. Successfully grown in a 15 litre bucket, wicking method. Great success despite our hotter and more humid than usual summer here at Withcott 4352. After reading about others I will be cutting and drying mine except for 1 section as about to flower and seed. have been picking and using by the leaf for months.

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Sharon December 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Thank you for the interesting information about stevia. I know a nursery in Canada that sells the plant, and will be purchasing a small plant for my herb garden this year! I love to experiment with new plants in my garden!

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Ed January 28, 2016 at 1:47 am

Sharon,
I live in Eastern WA state and the name of the nursery in Canada would be appreciated. Do you know the stevioside content?
Thanks.
Ed

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Stevia Farmers READ HERE December 9, 2015 at 2:25 pm

The author of the site has explained perfectly well how to grow, fertilise and dry/cure stevia.

My advice to all you potential growers in India, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Philippines, etc is GET ON WITH IT. Find a source of plants (google?) and do it. Don’t expect the author of this site to call your private numbers from the United States because it is never going to happen and why should they?

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Jane March 23, 2016 at 12:04 am

Yea right

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Jane March 23, 2016 at 12:06 am

But the thought process and cultural differences are interesting

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Temesgen November 19, 2015 at 11:37 am

I am from Temesgen from Ethiopia. I have learn of the health benefits of this Stevia plant. How can I get the seed or seedlings of the stevia to grow . Thanks

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Acosta´s November 6, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Yes I would like to plant estevia in Texas US. Can you please help me with starting from seeds or branches.
Thank you so much in advanced.
Blessings.

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Donna October 7, 2015 at 2:52 am

I recently purchased 3 plants that were labeled “sweet Herb” I was told that they were stevia plants They are very tall with only 2 or 3 stems coming from the grown they are beginning to flower. I purchased them at a close out for 30 cents a piece. first of all I would like to know if they are indeed stevia plants. dark green leaves and very sweet and how to prune them so they will be busy

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s.mallikarjun October 6, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Hi,
I am in kuppam in chittoor district. please give full details of stevia cultivation.

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s.mallikarjun October 6, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Hello sir,
My native place is Kuppam in chittoor district. please give full details of stevia cultivation.

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jagjeet Singh October 2, 2015 at 7:25 am

sir,
can I cultivate in Indian.and how I can get seeds and otherthinga

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jagdeep May 21, 2016 at 4:33 am

I m from punjab nd i grow stevia in one acre talk to me call on the no.8437088517

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Bashir Alhassan September 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

Kindly assist in providing the stevia seeds here in nigeria. i am very much interested in the plant. my email is here for any good response.

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Hannatu September 1, 2015 at 9:51 am

hi sir

please how can i get the seed or seedling in nieria

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Ravi August 13, 2015 at 7:38 am

Sri lanka

Dear sir
I need to get some seeds
To sri lanka
0094715722300

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saman January 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

Dear Ravi,
Have you got seeds ?..are planing to grow this plant in which area of sri lanka ?

please share your details..
REgards

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Dr Sharad Parmar August 11, 2015 at 3:07 pm

hello,rajiv I,ll help u to grow stevia, I have total solution to grow stevia.

Dr Sharad Parmar
9350822347
Delhi

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RAVI KUMAR SHARMA May 27, 2016 at 4:23 am

I require some seeds of stevia to plant in my pot. Whether possible ? If Yes, then how and which weather.

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Srivastava June 15, 2016 at 6:24 am

Hi…can u pls assist me for kitchen garden??

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madhukar dwivedi September 2, 2016 at 10:43 am

i want grow stevia….my mob 9810245879

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Divine Oluchi August 11, 2015 at 7:50 am

Can it be cultivated in Nigeria?

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James Goleng August 9, 2015 at 10:19 am

Iam from Jos in Nigeria. I have learn of the health benefits of this Stevia plant. How can I get the seed or seedlings of the stevia to grow here in Nigeria. Thanks

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Adeyemi Adetunji August 26, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Hello Jame, Were you able to get the Stevia seeds? If yes, kindly educate on how I can get it as well.

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Rehema July 24, 2015 at 9:32 am

Stevia now here in Uganda. Planting materials/seedlings will be available in mid September 2015. Those interested in farming it will be invited for a training.

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vijay July 27, 2015 at 8:38 am

i would be seriously interested in this training please do let me know full detail.

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Lanre G Oyebadejo August 13, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Dear Sir,
iam interested in the training of stevia please kindly let know the details so that I can prepare for traveling to Uganda.iiam in Nigeria.
thanks.
Lanre

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Sarah October 29, 2015 at 11:20 am

Hi Rehema,

Have you got the Stevia materials/seedlings yet? You mentioned mid September 2015. Have you already started training for those who would like to farm Stevia?

Please let me know.

Sarah 0751-309999

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Sudhir Nahate July 16, 2015 at 9:56 am

I have 29 acre own land. i am interested in stevia farming.how i will get its seeds or branches initially.i have already organic farming with infrastures.
how can i get the complete idea about this crop,means period of harvesting.
type of irrigation.fertilizers. seeds etc

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supersnail July 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Hello all if you got to the bottom of this page.

I live in Andalucía, southern Spain.
Stevia grows perfectly well here. We have winter temperatures of about 12ºC and summer temperatures up to 40ºC.

The author of the site has explained perfectly well how to grow, fertilise and dry/cure stevia.

I bought a stevia plant in my local garden centre/nursery. I took cuttings in the normal way (also listed in the body of the text). My advice to all you potential growers in India, Philippines, etc is GET ON WITH IT. Find a source of plants (google?) and do it. Don’t expect the author of this site to call your private numbers from the United States because it is never going to happen and why should they?

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Joe August 21, 2015 at 5:54 am

Exactly.
Just Google it.

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elena September 30, 2015 at 2:59 pm

I live ijn Fuengirola, Andalucia. Bought plant at AKI and it loves my terrace. No frost here., Getting ready for flowers to bloom. Wonder how the flowers affect strength and The powder is green color. Made a tencture- clear color. using leaves. Next time will use the powder. Lot of leaves- little results. Enough for me!

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Rick July 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Hi … I live in the Waikato, North Island of New Zealand. Would Stevia grow well here ?

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Barbara manuel March 20, 2016 at 5:03 am

Hi Rick, Will probably grow well but may have to be an annual. i am hoping mine will survive the winter even tho we have frosts, I only have 1 in a 15 litre bucket, wicking method. Bought as a seedling and picking at least 1 leaf every day since bought in Oct. have a lot dried. Have a go. Good luck

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sudhin kr mitra July 11, 2015 at 9:29 am

I have 10 small tea farmers growers society at gumbedhara near kalimpong , Darjeeling and altitude is 6500 ft. from sea level we would like to cultivate stevia in between tea plants as a value added tea purpose. kindly provide me in details for cultivation.

Sudhin K. Mitra
Salt lake, Kolkata

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George July 10, 2015 at 11:27 am

i am interested in stevia farming in kenya, kiambu county, Any information one doing it around? i would like to know what it entails kindly.

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Chirag Mahtani July 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Hi,

I have land on the outskirts of Pune , Pune-Mumbai Highway as well as in Mangalore and am looking to cultivate stevia.
Can I get a few seedlings to start of with.

+91 9987459595

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MUSABYEMUNGU JEAN D'AMOUR June 26, 2015 at 6:49 am

I am Cash Crops officer, live in Rwanda, Nyanza District

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MUSABYEMUNGU JEAN D'AMOUR June 26, 2015 at 6:47 am

Dear all,
I am very happy to see your activities about stevia crops and would like to call you to come and invest in Rwanda because we have available land suitable for stevia cultivation. in addition to that we have suitable and strong infrastructure for irrigation.

Thanks a lot.

Jean D’Amour

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madhukar dwivedi September 2, 2016 at 10:46 am

pl reply through mail i am interested doing my mob 9810245879

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sarkis June 15, 2015 at 4:39 pm

I am interested in stevia for planting in Lebanon, how I get the seedlings?

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Amos IZUOGWU June 12, 2015 at 7:40 am

I am interested in stevia for planting in Nigeria, how I get the seedlings?

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Shanker Deo Dhakal June 4, 2015 at 8:52 am

Dear Sir,
I wanted to start the steavea farminf in the hills of Sikkim. The altitude is between 1000 meter to 2500 meter above the sea level.
The area is sunny and no frost in winter. the winter temperature is minimum 5 to 10 degree centigrade.
With blissful Regards

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Emmanuel Nkurunziza May 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Am a lover of natural alternativess and I would love to get seeds for stevia hear in Uganda Kampala.
How can I get the seeds I will glad to have your reply

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Kasim Sajjabi August 8, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Dear Emma,
A Ugandan entrepreneur has embarked on production of the much sought after Stevia plant in Uganda. As seen from her blog above, the product will be ready soon and details will be issued by September to interested parties.

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Amol May 27, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Dear Sir,
Im also interested in Stevie plantation i need complete guidelines please mail me details.
my Mob No.+91 9028847655

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Thangrak May 26, 2015 at 12:50 am

Dear sir/madam
I’m very interesting.
The land here is not utilize fully yet.
I heard about one company grown it here,in CAMBODIA.
But don’t know the progress yet.
Land here is not too expensive. And we can utilize land.
Thanks and regards

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Bharat Aggarwal May 11, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I am from Delhi and I want to buy the plant for personal use of my family members. Please advise me and my no. Is 9811125238

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Mohan Prasad May 25, 2015 at 8:58 am

Dear Sir/Madam
My request could be a bit of a stretch as i reside in Phuket ,Thailand.
I am interested in purchasing/growing stevia plants and would appreciate your assistance in my quest.
Mohan
+66877531661

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karen June 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm

i just bought a healthy looking stevia plant today at home depot for 6 dollars broke off a leaf and tasted it before i bought it.
couldnt believe how sweet it tasted. they only had one left maybe i should have bought it because i didnt realize until after reading
this article they werent found just anywhere and that you cant really successfully start your own from seed

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lucyk April 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Hi,am lucy in muranga,central kenya.is the anyone who grow stevia arround here?call 072288808253.thanks

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Caradosa June 5, 2015 at 11:08 pm

Hi Lucy, am Joseph from Murang’a did you succeed in stevia I need seedlings too.

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lucyk June 19, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Joseph,hi?i have tha stevia now.

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lucyk June 19, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Joseph,hi?i havefew stevia plants now.

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David Mkenya August 23, 2015 at 7:17 am

Hi Guys,

I heard of this Stevia plant from a friend. How are the markets – local and international?

Lucy, how is the plat so far? have you got the markets already.

0724771458
David

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lucyk April 25, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Hi,where can i buy stevia in central kenya? call 0788808253

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Ramswarup Bishnoi April 24, 2015 at 11:02 am

Sir…
I m very interested please guide me accordingly….

I would like to know that the stevia can be grown in.Jodhpur, Rajasthan INDIA. please let me know how I can get this plant in Jodhpur. What is the water requirements? Jodhpur is a highly hottest area in india. Is it affects the stevia plants???
thank you.

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Dayanand P April 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Please provide me the root stock (slips ) or seeds suppliers address in and around Bangalore.

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Doshi March 31, 2015 at 11:56 am

Hi, We are from Kutch, Gujarat. Is it possible to grow Stevia in that region? We are interested and good area of plantation.
Waiting for your reply,
Thank you

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mac March 31, 2015 at 12:23 am

mine frosted over and died will it come back in the spring

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FELIX ESPINDOLA March 21, 2015 at 1:41 am

I AM INTERESTED IN CIONTACT WITH A BUYER OF STEVIA LEAVES. WE DO BE ABLE TO SELL A LOT AND WE NEED A BUYER TO START TO GROW UP BIG AMOUNT OF LAND IN LATINAMERICA. GOVERMENT HELP TO CREATE MIX COMPANY. I WILL HELP WITH TRANSACCIONS TO MAKE POSIBLE REAL DIALS DUE TO THIS PROJETS HELP A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MY COUNTRY

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sandeep March 17, 2015 at 7:32 am

Hi i m from nagpur maharastr india i interstedfor sstivia cultivation pls guide
sandeep

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George March 20, 2015 at 4:03 am

My dear,Stevia seed ,you need some time over 200 seed or over to have a plant.If the Stevia seeds have more then 90 days,don’t grow.
The best are to buy plants and make cuts.
Check for your Stevia seeds are black or their are garbage.

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rodel berial March 2, 2015 at 4:06 am

sir can i ask you something?? what are the factors that affects the steviol glycoside content of stevia?? or its sweetener content??? thanks.

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hemalatha mathialagan March 1, 2015 at 6:04 am

Hi.I’m hemalatha mathialagan.I’m from Malaysia.I’m very interested on stevia.good natural plantatio.is it possible to grow stevia in malaysia.we are interested and good area of plantation. We also have green leaf thulasi and dark green leaf thulasi here.please can you give full information about this plant.it will very usefull to me.please let me know how I can get this plant in Malaysia.thank you.

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Barun March 15, 2015 at 6:28 am

yes it is possible in any Tropical climate without waterlogging problem.

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Harshal February 21, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Hi, We are from Kutch, Gujarat. Is it possible to grow Stevia in that region? We are interested and good area of plantation.
Waiting for your reply,
Thank you
Harshal

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George March 20, 2015 at 4:04 am

Yes,it is.

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GABRIEL February 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Good day. I have been looking for information on stevia plant or seeds for s year now. I am from NIgeria, with tropical climate, and rain forest climate, vey similar to the south American .the soil here is well drain loamy and the soil temperature is around 50. Please can I get the seed and information on how to grow the seeds successfully. I will appreciate a time response from you. Thank you

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jagdish February 6, 2015 at 7:08 am

hello i am from gujarat i want to farming stevia please say me how to grow. and time period, tempature, watering, furtilizer,

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Parthik February 16, 2015 at 8:57 pm

from which area in gujarat??

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George March 20, 2015 at 4:06 am

Gujarat is perfect.Stevia grow like a grass in there.

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George. E. M. October 10, 2016 at 7:37 pm

Hi dear Mr George, could you help me know where in Kerala or at least South India
the good quality planting material of Stevia is available?

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misleab January 19, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Hi i from Ethiopia and i was like to know how i can get this thing c z i just want to try in my home . I from Ethiopia can u help me really it is amazing .if somebody can help me by that email addres

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TOMAS INIGO January 2, 2015 at 1:44 am

good day! I am very much interested in propagating STEVIA in DAVAO CITY, Philippines……. do you have any information re planting materials? tnx

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Saiprasad Chitnis December 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

I am Saiprasad Chitnis.I am interested in stevia cultivation.I need detail information of stevia farming.Stevia is good nutritional food.We have to give up eating suger.

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THOMAS MASAKA December 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

hi
i am from zimbabwe
i would like to have stavia plants i have been trying to plant using seeds, but the seedlings will dry easily and i have not achieves any so i need more seeds or ready to plant seedling/plants

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Barun March 15, 2015 at 6:31 am

Hi Thomas, you need to Propagate Tissue Cultured Plant.

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George March 20, 2015 at 4:08 am

Barum it’s right.

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SUNIL TALLAM December 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I live in Bangalore, India. I am interested in Stevia cultivation. Please help me & send me info to my Mail ID.

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Seth Wambede November 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm

This sounds a wonder tree plant. It tickles my mind and raises my interest the question though, its botanical name, how can one get its seeds and whether it grows well in the tropical climate of Uganda or East Africa/

Seth Wambede
+256772457855, Kampala-UGANDA

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sp sabharwaql October 24, 2014 at 4:56 am

I WANT TO GROW STEVIA AT KANPUR HOW I WILL GET SEEDS/PLANTS & PRACTICAL INFORMATION

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sammy,+254726796626 November 1, 2014 at 8:03 am

We are a group of iragation farmers based in kenya EastAfrica,we arelooking for,export market for stevia,seedlings,seeds or powder

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Hermenegild Sseyiga December 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I would like to buy seedlings which can fit a 50’x100′ plot. how many do i need and what is your price?

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Alex Yakaumo February 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Hi Sammy,

My name is Alex Yakaumo and I have a healtshop in Suriname, in South America. I like to have info/wholesale prices about stevia dry leaves, powder, seeds and seedlings. If the prices are interesting we can look what the shippingcost will be.

I’m looking forward to you answer.
Best regards,
Alex

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George March 20, 2015 at 4:10 am

Alex,you must produce Stevia at U$ 4.50 a pound,wholesale to sell your crop to USA

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felix March 21, 2015 at 1:35 am

I AM FELIX. ESPINDOLA

lilian October 23, 2014 at 11:48 am

Thank you for the information about stevia plant.l would like to start my own stevia garden.how would I get the seedlings?

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vibha October 19, 2014 at 5:36 am

i am living at Chandigarh, India. I want to grow this very useful plant at home, i have a small garden. which is the month to grow it and which nursery in chandigarh sells this plant?

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Ratish November 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

Hi Vibha,
Do let me know if you managed to get the details.. else get in touch

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green heaven organics October 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

You can mail your queries at ”greenheavenindia@gmail.com

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green heaven organics October 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Dear All ,
we are certified organic grower ( cultivation) & trading company located in Indore ( India). We provide consultation , seeds , plants for stevia , Moringa , Guava , lemon & other crops . We also take up turn key projects to develop land for various orchard , crops , herbs (ginger , turmeric etc) . Please visit & like our Facebook page ”green heaven organics” for on going projects .

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Amitha Bandara Sannasgala October 1, 2014 at 4:08 am

how
long will this plant take to grow

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Naheer Taip October 4, 2014 at 1:56 am

Dear Mr Sannasgala,

I have been unsuccessful in germinating Stevia Rebaudiaside seeds, which I managed
to obtained from India, Peru (known as the Motherland of Stevia) I prepared several
soil medium for this purpose in consultation with growers in India and Peru.
I believe Stevia can be successful cultivated in Sri Lanka by farmers in wet and
semi-dry zone, under irrigated/or rain fed systems, not in water logged or lands
likely to get flooded.
Any quantity of rooted stevia plants can purchased from India Nurseries, at a reasonable
price, but due to stringent import and Quarantine Department regulation s it is a
long and difficult process.

Harvesting of leaves – can be commenced from the 6 to 8 months, about
30,000 plants will be required per acre.

Regards
Naheer Taip
Wattala
0771502399/2937208

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Julius Opindi September 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

kindly I need physical and cellphone conduct to a stevia plantation farmer in Africa Kenya western province.

Thank you

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green heaven organics October 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm

We provide seeds , consultation for stevia & other crops .
send your emil id

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anoop April 4, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Im intrested in pplantingnstevia. Could u guidemfor thismplantion
Regards
Anoop

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niiarmah August 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

I need Stevia seeds for planting in African. Can anyone help?

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Julius Opindi September 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Hello
I’m Julius OPINDI from Africa Kenya western province can stevia grow here?Is there a farmer I can consult for the plantation stages?

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mitugo September 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Wherrseeds

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mitugo September 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Am from tharaka-meru-kenya, where can i get stevia cuttings. Very much interested.

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jediel March 5, 2015 at 8:54 am

am in chuka get in touch

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Vijay September 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

Can I grow STEVIA in Rajkot and Mehasana region?

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Sajid Abdullah August 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm

I am living hot areas of Pakistan. Can I grow Stevia here? Where can I get its young plant for cultivation? Can I get it in Pakistan? Can I have any e_mail address of some supplier of Stevia plant? Please reply me.

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Barun March 15, 2015 at 6:35 am

Hi! You have to organize Drip Irrigation facilities for cultivation

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Amit June 2, 2014 at 2:00 am

Hi

I have read that it is possible to grow stevia in pots. Please let me know the requirements for that and how much quantity of stevia can I grow in one pot.

Regards

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laxmansinh May 8, 2014 at 7:39 am

hi I want to grow stevia at house by hydroponics and organic manuar or with vermin compost will you help me to this? what is details process?

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fayaz April 25, 2014 at 5:06 pm

i want to know can we cultivate stevia in kashmir region.
thanks

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George March 20, 2015 at 4:11 am

Yes ,you can grow.

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harry November 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

greetings , I am from south Africa and intend on growing stevia plants here can you assist me >

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Margaret October 24, 2013 at 7:47 am

Hi

I am South African and I am interested in growing Stevia Hydrophonically. Is there anybody that successfully done this on a large scale.

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GramC June 7, 2013 at 10:45 pm

My stevia is blooming. Is this ok or do I need to prune the blossoms off?

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George March 20, 2015 at 4:12 am

Take the seeds and reproduce.

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Herbees June 6, 2013 at 8:06 am

Great article. I’m growing a few plants from seed in the UK. Germination rate was quite poor and they where very slow to get going. Just wondering if just adding a fresh leaf to a cup of tea would make the tea sweeter. Is it neccessary to dry the leaves first?

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sammy November 1, 2014 at 7:53 am

Can supply dry leaves from kenya, East Africa

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Cheryl October 13, 2015 at 1:03 am

I have added fresh leaves to hot water to make tea with other fresh herb leaves in it as well. It worked great. The longer it steeped, the sweeter it got. You don’t have to dry them first. Experiment to figure out how many to add for your taste.

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Angye May 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Stevia is a wonderful plant. We need to encourage its production in a large scale. I think this will a long way to help world

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masood mirzaee December 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Hi. Stevia plant on my master’s thesis, please, please help me in this regard. Useful resources in growing this plant please give / thanks

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Cynthia November 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Thanks for the stevia growing info – much appreciated!

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nelly October 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I am new at growing, drying, and harvesting stevia. I love it! I want to know please, how mw much fresh crushed stevia leaf does it take to equal one teaspoon of sugar??

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AndiRaya Gibb November 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

intheraw.com has a conversion chart. 1 teaspoon of stevia powder equals 1 teaspoon of sugar.

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Gurudatta July 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

I am Gurudatta from Nepal. I am also looking to cultivate the Stevia Plant in my farm house, is it possible to grow in the temperature between 20 – 40 deg celcus. Would you provide me rate of per plant in you place?

Thanks

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Barun March 15, 2015 at 6:37 am

The rate varies. On an average say INR 5.00 per Plant depending upon the variety.

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prabesh September 12, 2015 at 4:50 am

Can I get your no. Gurudatta ji? STEVIA can be grown easily in Nepal.
My no. 9801080136

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Kristian Stevia July 13, 2012 at 4:35 am

Very nice article.
We are talking alot about Stevia in Denmark these days after it where approved by EU last year.

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Heywood Dong July 9, 2012 at 2:08 am

Dear Sirs, I’d like to plant stevia, and build a processing factory in central China. Could you help provide seeds and relative processing technology & equipment? We got very big market here in China. Maybe we can cooperate on the factory operating? Looking forward to your reply soon! Faithfully yours. Heywood Dong. July 9th, 2012.

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Mrs REM May 31, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Bought stevia seed … 8 in packet for about $3.50 … four grew VERY well … so far. Gave 3 to diabetic friends for their use. Plan to use mine in tea, etc. Wonder how to use it in baking? We live in Central Pennsylvania and plan to keep mine as house plant. Saw plants offered in Gurney seed catalogue, really costly. That’s why I decided to try seed.

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Joel Mayhall September 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm

I haven’t tried it yet for baking but literature indicates it will not loose its’ sweetening power. One thing to remember is that sugar has other baking properties, such as browning, structure, spread, etc. It might be best to use it with reduced sugar in recipes if the sugarless product in not successful.

Joel
Retired Baker

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Tiffany May 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Just bought 3 stevia plants and I live in Philadelphia. When Fall comes, must I harvest? Can I keep them in containers and bring them inside?

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Pepper June 18, 2015 at 11:31 pm

I bought pack of seeds,planted in small containers ,10 seeds each. I had 6 germinate,and now have 4 plants.Used soilless organic soil. Two are still small,the others finally taking off. Getting ready to plant in my regular garden.

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tess asug May 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I am from the philippines and want to grow stevia. will it grow in rice land? where can i get the plant? would like to know how growand market the same? are there seminars available locally?

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Leah May 13, 2012 at 12:15 am

hi 🙂 i am from the philippines and we found out that my mother has symptoms of diabetes. we would like to introduce her to the natural way of treating her disease at the same time provide her with foods that are safe for her. i heard about stevia and would want to learn more about it. i love gardening and i would love to plant something that can benefit my family’s good health. i hope to know if i can grow it in a climate such as the philippines and where i can get the seeds from. thank you for this space and i look forward to hear from you the soonest.

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langsa May 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm

hello leah. 🙂 im also from the philippines, specifically baguio city and im guessing stevia can tolerate the philippine climate. i just bought 2 stevia plants today and ive transplanted them in my herbal garden. i bought mine from the local nurseries. maybe you should check out some around your area. 🙂 good luck

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Francis May 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi Leah,

I am a diabetic myself since 2002. I started taking malunggay powder, one teaspoonful 20 minutes before each meal and my blood sugar became normal after 30 days of continuous taking malunggay. My blood sugar became normal and I dont take any medicine now for my diabetes for more than 5 years now. Why not try malunggay… It helps…. Francis

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Petrifiedhippy May 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I am a diabetic for many years now
I have used stevia for near 4 years, to a point of never using any other
sweetener
I have lost weight also.

DO NOT USE STEVIA AS A WAY TO BRING GLUCOSE UP – IT DOES NOT WORK
Let your doctor know you use stevia. It is a wonderful fiber

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Stephen May 11, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I have been able to purchase 3 plants from Dobies in England, thankyou for your growing tips.

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Captain Awesome May 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

The plants must be common in the US by now, I’m in Canada and I just bought one at Lowes yesterday. So if Lowes has it lots of other US stores must have it too.

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Linda March 19, 2012 at 7:22 am

Hi! am Linda from the Philippines. I like this plant and i want to cultivate this for my own consumption. I wish i could have a seed or a young plant to start my own garden. Thank you and more blessings to come. GOD BLESS..

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Om A Singh March 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

it is a great herb and I wonder why has it still not cought the imagination if the medical faternity

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Rebecca Williams February 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

If we have truly have finally found a sweetener that is natural, safe, and 0 calorie, I will be so happy! I hope, HOPE, that something doesn’t come out later on about it being bad for us.

So far, I love it!

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Lindalee August 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Rebecca, Stevia is NOT an artificial sweetener; it is a PLANT. It is not a chemically created artificial sweetener created in a lab. The native Indians of Paraguay have been using it for centuries! And if the government were to try to vilify it, it’s only because they wouldn’t be making money from it. You do realize that big Pharma WANT to keep us sick, don’t you? It means more prescriptions bought, thus, more money for them!

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Ahmed S Huq January 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I found here Mr. Alam’s suggestions are too much helpful for stevia cultivation. Other suggestions are not complete. If Mr. Alam write more on processing in industry base, that will be more helpful for those peoples who are asking here about big agricultivation farm.

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Rainman January 27, 2012 at 5:20 am

are there stevia plants available in Cambodia?

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Chef Weil November 27, 2011 at 3:12 am

It is a wonderful thing to see so many people getting interested into Stevia growth and research. As Chef/Research Gardeners, we have just done our first year research into the growth and full utilization of this plant. We had one plant that we quickly split into to two, as simply stated above. We fully utilized the leaves and some of the stems throughout the year for alternative sweetener. In our greenhouse, we were able to allow the two plants to grow until late October in the the Midwest growing regions. That was about almost eight months of successful growth from two substantial plants.
We harvested the seeds and wish to see what activity we can gain from that seed harvest. If it is less than 10% than we will document and take note of what works, and what does not work in the subject environments. There about 2,000 seeds from the two small plants so we have plenty of culture test with modules to work with.
To those of you overseas, we will inquire to make sure that you will be provided with the same research modules and test subjects to work with as well.

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ken October 3, 2014 at 1:23 am

In 3 weeks time, I am travelling to Africa
May I please have some seed ?
Best regards

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Deborah October 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I came to this website to learn how to harvest my stevia plants. I am growing 3 plants, in a hydroponic garden (working on a blogspot hydroponically yours) The weather here in FL has just brought us a few cool days, but it will heat up again. I will cut the plants back to 4-5 inches to get another growing season, but right now they are no where near big enough, although it seems like they are trying to flower. I did not see any mention of the flowers.

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Susan Alarca October 10, 2011 at 4:38 am

Please email me where can i buy stevia plant here in Vancouver, BC. Thanks asap really appreciated..

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Kumar Sheth August 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Very intresting information, I will try to find in LOWE’S, if I will get it I will plant them in the planter and see the results. Thanks.

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Michael Harris September 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Hey good idea. I bought a Stevia plant from Lowe this summer and added it to my Topsy Turvy… It was damaged during transplantation to the Topsy Turvy due to the entry ports (which I later removed) but the Stevia has begun to regrow nicely and I plan to begin harvesting and purchase another plant of it in a few weeks… I live in upland Ca and I find the weather to be just right… Cant wait to try hand at granulation… Best of luck to you!

Mike Harris

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Second Fiddle August 28, 2011 at 3:04 am

I’m about to try an autumn stevia crop in middle Tennessee. Does anyone know what the best companion plant is for stevia? Does anyone know what the optimum soil ph should be for maximum sweetness? Have you girls over in NC noticed a sweeter leaf after a light frost and do you know the soil ph/lime content where they are planted?

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Jane Buzzurro August 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Can you use a food dehydrator to dry Stevia?

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Lindalee August 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm

The article expressly says you can, but that they prefer to sun dry their leaves.

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rob stan August 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I live in Franklin ( Milwaukee county) Wisconsin. I found stevia plants in early spring in with all the rest or the herbs for sale at Steins. planted one plant in a raised bed square foot garden. I made my own soil for my garden( approx 12ftx5ft which gave me three aprox 4×4 sections, one for herbs, one for veggies, and one for tomatoes, peppers, egglants). My soil consisted of 1/3rd course vermiculite(Lowes early spring) 1/3rd organic peat moss(lowes, or steins) and 1/3rd A MIXTURE OF 5 DIFFERENT ORGANIC COMPOSTS (lowes steins menards).Enough for about 6 inches deep. The reason for 5 different composts is that you will get more nutrients.ect.. instead of just buying a bunch of bags of one kind. I learned this from a book I bought at Menard’s called “All new square foot gardening” by Mel Bartholomew. My stevia plant along with all my other plants have done perfectly well all year.I water my garden just a little every other day in the morning when its hot and not rainig, carfull not to wet the plants. I use Miracle grow about every week or two. I snip a few leaves off my stevia and dry them either outside on a screen in shade to sun or quicker just in the Microwave, crush ,sift, and add to coffee and herb tea( I grow chocolate mint, lemon mint and spearmint, that I also found at Steins, in a 1x3ft planter). HINT– fresh bruised chocolate mint leaves mixed with rootbeer and vanilla ice cream , sifted,and slowly poured over small lemon baller scoops of vanilla ice cream served in a champain glass and garnished with a chocolate mint leaf and a rasberry,makes a great, elegant, after dinner chocolate mint rootbeer float!!( I invented that) working the mint leaf in your mouth and lips after finishing keeps the chocolate mint flavor last longer. I have a sweet tooth and love to just pic a leaf of stevia and quickly bite and work around my lips and toungue when working outside. I will be trying in fall to cut and dry the whole stevia plant for winter use. I will also be trying the mixture or 1 cup water to 1/4 cup dried stevia and refigerating. I am curious of how long this mixture is good for in the frig. thanx

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Daud July 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

i’m interested to plant the stevia for exporting purpose, but I need to know where is the buyer for the large amount of stevia powder
Thanks

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Jason Adams July 11, 2011 at 12:41 am

Another article about using Stevia is here. Bacisically it’s a steeped alcohol extract that can be kept in the fridge. http://www.ehow.com/how_2083187_make-stevia-extract.html.

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Sandy July 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Hi, I have 6 stevia plants. Some are 3′ tall and not very bushy. In the last week I have had two that just wilt over, overnite. I cut them off and still hung them upside down to dry. Two questions for someone, will the leaves still be good even though they wilted first and why did they wilt? I live in Wisconsin and all the plants have been treated the same. One of the plants that wilted had the main stalk wilt but one of the branches near the dirt did not. I don’t want to lose the other 4 plants please help.

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Michele July 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Planted Stevia about 4 weeks ago in the Snow belt of Erie County, Pennsylvania. My word what a crop I’ve got! Am actually bruising the leaves and a mint leaf for my coffee. I have a sweet tooth but with the mint, 2 to 3 leaves make a wonderful wake up! Will be trying the extract instructions this fall. With all that have cropped up, will be sharing with my very large family and friends. Thanks for all the info in this site!

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Amy July 22, 2011 at 11:11 am

Hi Michelle, how many plants do you have and where did you acquire them? I bought one this spring on a whim for my son and am having quite a bit of fun with it! Now I’m getting more interested in doing it again but on a larger scale. I live in Southern Mass. Thanks for the posting 🙂

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kate August 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I’m in SE Pennsylvania and have just heard that the plants are available…but where? And are there different “flavors” of stevia?
Can it be grown in an herb box in kitchen window? Thx

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setareh June 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Hello
Can you guide that how do dry fresh leaves of stevia? temperature? time? in oven

Thanks

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amit July 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Dear setareh,
you should follow these things while drying the stevia like
– Do not dry the leaves under sun make a shade & dry under the Sade.
– you can also dry under the tree or in the cooling air.
– The temperature would be 25 to 40 degree Celsius.
– when you pack the dry leaves air would be pass inside either moisture would come.

thanks & best regards

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Lori June 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I grew some last year and harvested by cutting in the fall and hanging the plants to dry. Once they were dry I stripped the leaves and use them whole in tea – 3 leaves is good for one large cup imho. They stay on the bottom or if they float I remove them. Easy as pie and not the hassle of grinding with a mortar and pestle. I am growing more this year – what a great easy and healthy sweetener. I might try grinding the stems in my coffee grinder this year and see what that’s like.

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Paulette June 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I had just planted a stevia plant yesturday. I was thinking about using in homebrewed ice tea.
Adding a few stevia leaves with the tea with the boiling water.
Do you think this will work?

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Jason Adams July 11, 2011 at 12:43 am

I had a similar thought since I drink sugared tea and soda pop and kool-aid like a fish. I have 3 stevia plants and am going to try the alcohol reduction first I think.

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Judy Radtke June 23, 2011 at 2:18 am

I grow the stevia for personal use and only have 3 plants. Everyone that we show it to is amazed by it. Can’t wait to harvest and see how it is. When I first got it the leaves were sweet tasting. Now they are green and slighty bitter tasting is this normal and will they be sweet when I dry them ?

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Soemeinaboedhy June 22, 2011 at 1:21 am

I really interested in cultivate Stevia and my friend ask me for growing Stevia in Indonesia
I want to get more information abnout Stevia cultivation

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Bruce B. June 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I’m growing stevia in a large container on the deck on the front of my house. It has been thriving there for 6-weeks, and it is proving to be an attractive specimen plant. I purchased the plants at Lowes. I’m skeptical about the practacality of using as a sugar substitute, but we shall see . . . It’s good to know that stevia can be readily propagated from cuttings. Hopefully I can keep it alive indoors through the frigid Nebraska winter and have it back out on the deck with my other container plants the following spring.

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Renee June 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Hint on sweetening…less is better. Too much and whatever you are eating/drinking will be bitter as all get out.

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Michelle September 10, 2011 at 2:32 am

I have mine in a fairly small pot outside in Colorado and plan to bring it in this fall. I guess if it begins to die it might be best to just harvest the whole thing. Have you heard of anyone bringing it in and it surviving? As I understand the following sight it does not sound real likely. http://www.ehow.com/how_4785861_grow-sweet-stevia-container-garden.html

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e June 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm

we LOVE stevia! We use it daily. We find it very healthy and safe, and I am sure that the sugar industry was / is supressing its virtues. they will not keep this a secret, it will be known. THANKS.

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Beth June 6, 2011 at 10:20 am

I bought a few plants last year and somehow managed to keep them alive through winter. I live in NC. The plants are healthy and doing good again this year. I am growing them for my personal use.

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connie June 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I am trying my hand at stevia. only have 3 plants. how did you convert for use? I also live in NC foothills

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yogi dhaker July 26, 2016 at 1:51 am

I want stevia plant for commercial agriculture

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cb July 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I have plants growing up in the central border county. Do you think it will survive the winter up there? Did you protect it with mulch and/or sheeting during the frosts? I’d love to keep the plant if I could. 🙂 thanks!

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Diana July 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I live in north central Rockingham County (NC), about 15 miles south of the VA border. We had a snowy, very cold winter last year. This is the 3rd year for my stevia, which is now about 5′ tall. It grows in full sun. I’ve basically neglected it, except to give it water occasionaly, but it has flourished. I will harvest it, dry it and grind it. Does anyone know how to use it as a sugar substitute in baking?

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emelyn December 26, 2015 at 3:24 am

i have i small baby stevia on my clay pot.. just simply boil the leaves and use the water as a sugar substitute in baking.

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Daisy May 30, 2011 at 3:00 am

I purchased 3 2″pots of Stevia at the local farmers market one month ago. They are planted in a Horse trough. In just one month they have filled the trough. The easiet thing to grow that we have ever planted here in dry So Calif.Came to the site to learn about processing for use in cooking.Thank you so much for the information.Also surprised that peoples from all across the Globe are interested in growing it commercially. Good luck to everyone.

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Lisa May 28, 2011 at 12:27 am

Hi Joyce, I think you and I are the only ones wanting to grow for personal use only! I only have one plant – I don’t think that’s going to provide me with much sweetener for my one cup of coffee daily…. what do you think?
Lisa
Central North Carolina

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Jon May 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I just found out stevia existed today. Read through a few websites. One website was fueling fear. Seems that stevia causes reproductive problems, aspertame doesn’t? Stevia has been used In Japan since the early 70’s. This may be why most males In Japan are now sterile. You don’t know what to do about this, laugh or cry. Cancer! Yes, It causes cancer. Lol. Maybe Japan’s male population has died off. A Mr. Huxtable said we need to do more testing besides all the other bs he had to say so okay, who’s doing the testing? The creeps at the FDA want more tests done on stevia. WHEN CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE ANY TEST RESULTS CREEPS? Probably when all the Incompetent CREEPS are removed within the FDA. These creeps care not one bit about the US population. They work for the criminals who make the sugar substitutes which cause serious health problems. Since the people who consume stevia have no health problems as opposed to the “safe” Aspertame which has helped make the USA one of the sickest nations on earth, should give the answer If stevia Is safe to consume. I Intend on using It. Thank you for the space to post!

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Renee June 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Thank the sugar lobby for the “fear” perspective. I’ve been using this stuff for 10 years, just got my own plant this year, but I think 3 total is good for one household. Aspertame makes me sick as a dog. Headaches, dizziness, nausea, gas, vertigo, etc. Stevia has never done any such thing. The worst that can happen is that your drink will end up on the bitter side. Cancer, my behind. Like the stuff they produce isn’t full of cancer-causing chemicals. Tests show that stevia is a tonic for the pancreas. The sugar lobbies are just terrified that stevia will catch on with the general public. A natural, calorie free sweetener could drive their profits down. The FDA wants more tests done on stevia so’s they can put off anybody who wants to mass market it, advertising ALL the benefits. I’m sure that the sugar lobbies are paying handsomely for the FDA’s stalling tactics. Check out a book called “The Stevia Cookbook” by Ray Sahelian. Chock full of info and recipes.

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Lynn May 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I live in Canada and was astonished to find small bedding plants of stevia for sale at the local Zellers garden centre. Is stevia an annual or a perennial and does it grow back each year like peppermint for instance?
Lynn

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Jaime May 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm

It is a perennial in its native climate, and some sources call it a hardy annual. That is why the article talks about preparing cuttings for the next season early. This plant has nice totipotency so its cuttings shouldn’t be to difficult to propagate.

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Marti May 21, 2011 at 12:43 am

Do the leaves have to be dried before using them, or can you pick off a green leaf when you need a little sweetener in a drink?

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Renee June 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm

It’s better to dry the leaves…this is from personal experience. Dry the leaves, and grind to a powder. I’ve used them fresh, and it’s kind of messy. To get the most out of it fresh, you’ll need to grind up the leaves with a mortar and pestle, and I wouldn’t grind up more than you are going to use at the time…not sure how well it keeps.

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January May 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Stevia plants are available at Blocks in Romulus, MI and Tulip Tree Garden in Gregory , MI if you are in Michigan looking for a local place to buy starters.

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Jim May 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Where and at what cost, can I buy Stevia plants in Costa Rica?
Thanks, Jim

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Warren August 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Jim, I think i remember seeing small Stevia starter plants at EPA

HTH

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Betty G. April 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I have some stevia plants and live in Texas just north of Dallas. We have thunderstorms that have down pours of rain. Would I be able to plant my stevia plants outside? Or would having some shelter to keep rain off leaves be ok, leave them in the house? It usually dries pretty fast after a thunderstorm here and high humidity.
Please let me know as soon as you can.
Thank you.
Betty G.

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Connie Roedell June 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I live in SE Texas too, and started growing Stevia this spring. I have 2 plants and started with 3. One is very large, Do I have to wait till Fall to harvest it? I understand by reading some info on it, you harvest it in the late fall, and cut it down to 4 inches. Strip off the leaves and cut back the ends of the stems and add to the leaves. Dry by sunlight if possible. Crush and use that way. Do you have any more info? Would appreciate any info. Connie

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Richard Burkett August 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Betty ,

I, too, live just north of Dallas in Lewisville. I purchased a Stevia plant this spring and put it in my garden. It is doing terrific, even in our record breaking summer heat! I did plant it so that it is in a raised area of my garden. This way any water would drain away without drowning the roots.
Good luck!

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lisa April 18, 2011 at 12:13 am

i am instread in processing the stevia plant for personal use. i have purchased a plant

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TomT April 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Lowe’s has the herb in potts $1/3.48 here in Central Mississippi

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Caroine May 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I too found Stevia plants at Lowe’s in my town. They had small ones (6″) and large ones (12″). I live in Florida.

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Teri May 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I too found plants at Lowe’s. We are near Memphis, TN

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My4gbs June 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I also found Stevia at Lowe’s in Modesto CA

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Catherine June 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I was thrilled to find Stevia plants at my local Walmart in Rutland, VT…$3.33 for a 5″ pot with 4 cuttings in the pot. It looks like it is becoming more available in more areas.

Renee June 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm

For any of you living in the Boise area, you can find plants at Edward’s Nursery. I have my stevia in the house on the kitchen table…it’s doing just fine, and I live in the mountains. The night temps are around 40 degrees in the summer, and it’s been recommended to keep them inside below 57.

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litz February 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm

what is the temperature requirement for stevia?

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Joyce February 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Love this, I am very interested in growing Stevia for my own use.

Thanks,
Joyce

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