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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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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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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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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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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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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scott chemello sr March 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm

i started using stevia full time dec 14, 012, unfortunately the same day as the so tragic shooting in conneticate, but i started it cause there were too many health risks using artificial sweetner, i love it.

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what March 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Seriously? You really needed to use a reference to the shooting? What purpose did this serve you?

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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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veer November 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

i want to sale my stevia plant field.

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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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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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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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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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little June 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm

im from quezon province, i can supply you plant and seeds of stevia.pls contact 09194415934.thankyou

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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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Nick December 14, 2011 at 5:29 am

I would like to grow coffee in Pennsylvania, USA Can anyone tell me if they know of a winter hardy coffee tree that can be purchased for planting in my area?

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Nick December 14, 2011 at 5:30 am

no

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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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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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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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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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Isabella Marie April 3, 2011 at 5:04 am

I love this little plant! im currently in the process of growing my little darlings. im very thankful for the information! this will defenitely help me. thanks a bunch! -Isabella

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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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Dorian March 12, 2011 at 4:38 am

Seeds are not appropriate for growing Stevia as they have a very poor germination rate (<10%).

Almost all farm & plantations use cuttings from older plants.

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Sue March 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

okay so you put the cuttings in water, wait for the roots to shoot then you can plant?

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Dr Zaki March 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Cut shoot tips with about 3-5 leaves. The bottom tip must be just below a leaf node and stick it in loose top soil. Keep the soil watered but not saturated. Roots will sprout after about a week.

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Koronado B. Apuzen August 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm

how is stevia leaves processed or converted sugar (centrifugal)?

Is there a machine to do this? where can I source them?

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Constance Solano September 30, 2011 at 2:15 am

Andreas, where were you able to purchase the plants in Masaya?
Thanks.
Constance

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Dave Ryan October 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Department of griculture in Bicol region, Bureao of Ag. Research. I do not have ph. # Just read article dated June 2011 they are trying to establish farms in the Philippines.

Good luck

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kath October 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Hi Joy! I’m sure you can buy one in burnham park in baguio city. I bought one last april near the skating rink. It is possible though that it is also sold in other areas.

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kath October 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Hi! I bought my stevia plant near the skating rink of burnham park, baguio city last april. You might try checking it there, hopefully they still have it

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Maymee December 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm

The botanical name is Piqueria trinervia or may be known as Piqueria serrata by nurserymen.

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Paul February 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Can i use stevia to cook my cakes? And how?

http://www.agriseek.com/market/p/Herb-Stevia-Crops.htm

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Lily Oguh May 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Hi Lorenza,
I am interested in stevia powder, and would like to know more about stevia products. We are planning on drink production and looking for natural sweetners. Please kindly provide more information. I would also like to know the cost od your products.

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Maryke May 15, 2012 at 10:22 am

Hi, I bought stevia at the Strawberry Pot nursery in Hendrik Verwoerd Drive, Centurion

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Francis May 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Hi Loida,
My sister works in a health center in Nueva Ecija and she is a dentist by profession. She provided me the powder and capsules as my maintenance. What she did was she planted her backyard with malunggay. The malunggay were grown organically, no pesticides, no commercial fertilizers used. She uses mixed rice hulls and loamy soil as fertilizer. Email me at francistirazona@yahoo.com and will give you some pointers and instructions on how to prepare your malunggay powder. I will give you full information so you can prepare yourself. You can even buy your malunggay leaves at the market very cheap at 5 pesos per bundle. I’ll wait for your emal. Francis

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Erich Gamba May 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

Stevia doesn’t like waterlogged soil. So I don’t know if it will grow very well in a former rice field.
The following two link are taking you to sellers of stevia:
http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/2383715/Herbal+Plants?referralKeywords=stevia+rebaudiana+plants
http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/3840242/STEVIA+PLANT+seedlings?referralKeywords=stevia+rebaudiana

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Don Reid April 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

Dear Akshay,

Do you have distribution in Uganda? if so, please advise with contacts. i’m in Kampala. Alternatively, would you like a distributor? My co can provide expansion for you into E.Africa. kindly let me know. pianoprayer1@hotmail.com

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DAWN June 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

hi, do you sell stevia plants? I have been looking to buy a few.

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ando October 30, 2013 at 4:31 am

I reckon you would be more believable if you weren’t using a gmail account, spend $50 on a domain name might be a good idea

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Karen Thomas March 23, 2014 at 1:57 am

I am a 32 year-old daughter of a baby boomer and am very responsible. I pay with cash for everything and believe that getting loans has been the downfall of our wonderful, WONDERFUL country. Sorry, I just wanted to join in with all of this wonderful spam! Isn’t this a website about stevia? Site master, please delete these sneaky spammers. Get a real job, people!

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fayaz April 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm

dear sir
why don’t you try almond or saffron plantation.
thanks

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Murimi May 20, 2014 at 6:24 am

Karen I do support you fully. Let them go to Equity or wherever.

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Kashif Manzoor July 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

Dr Zaki

I am Kashif Living in Lahore and wanted to Plant it in my house garden as I am having suger, Please tell me how I can get this Plant in Lahore

Thanks

Kashif Manzoor Sherazi

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