How To Grow Stevia

If you have listened to the news or just like to learn about different plants or natural sweeteners, chances are you have heard of stevia. Stevia is an herb that is known to be sweeter than sugar and is native to South America. The great thing about this plant is that you don’t have to live in South America to grow it. In fact, there are people all over the world growing this product. In fact, stevia has proven to be quite resilient, growing well in climates ranging from those in Florida to Canada.

Stevia at Home

When you grow your own stevia at home you should be aware that it will not be as potent as refined white stevia extract, but it will still be a nice addition if you enjoy stevia tea leaves and like to use the natural sweetener in addition to the commercial stevia sweeteners that are already available.

Many gardeners also like to add stevia into their gardening repertoires because it has been shown to repel insects. Many believe that it is the sweetness of the plant that keeps aphids and other bugs away. If you are an organic gardener and want to plant something that will reduce the amount of bugs in your entire garden, stevia is a great choice because it is also a lot of fun to use and quite simple to grow.

How to Start Growing Stevia

Even the best gardeners are usually not all that successful growing stevia from the seed. Instead, it is much easier to grow stevia at home with starter plants. You may be able to buy the plants from your herbal or garden provider in your area. If you cannot find any stevia plants in your local area we recommend shopping the internet as there are many suppliers that will ship you as many baby stevia plants as you want.

Wherever you get your plants you should be sure that there is not the danger of frost when you plant them, as the young plants are very susceptible to cold temperatures. It’s best to plant stevia when soil temperatures are into the 50’s and 60’s if you want them to thrive. When planting you will want to place the young plants in rows that are 20 to 24 inches apart and you should ideally leave 18 inches between plants. Stevia plants will eventually grow to be about 30 inches tall and will be 18 to 24 inches wide.

How to Continually Care for Your Growing Stevia Plants

Caring for stevia is quite simple, especially if you plant in very rich soil. The feeder roots of these plants are very near the surface, so it’s a good idea to use compost to really get your plants going. You should be careful not to over-water them and in the summer months you should take care and add mulch to your plants to keep the roots from drying out.

In the late autumn you will want to strip your stevia plant of its leaves, leaving about four inches of stem at the base during this pruning process. Once you have harvested all of your leaves you will need to dry them using a net or screen. The best place to dry them is in direct sunlight, which should take about 12 hours. If you allow for the process to take longer you will not be able to take advantage of the sweetness of the plant. If you do not live in a climate where sun is abundant you can always use a home dehydrator.

After the leaves are dry you can grind them in a coffee bean grinder for later use. If you would like liquid stevia you can choose to add a cup of warm water to one-quarter cup of crushed stevia leaves and let the mixture set out for 24 hours at room temperature. Finally, refrigerate the liquid stevia and use it later in your tea or other beverages and foods as you please.

Comments

55 Responses to “How To Grow Stevia”

  1. Ganpat Patel on January 20th, 2008 9:23 am

    I want more information about Stevia plantation

  2. Roger Compton on January 31st, 2008 1:09 pm

    Sounds like I might be interested in growing some. Thanks, Roger Compton

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  4. Darrell Mishos on February 22nd, 2008 9:50 am

    I am interested in more information on growing stevia.

  5. Chad Squires on March 26th, 2008 9:59 pm

    I have a 5 acre farm in Washington state. Great sandy lome environment but rains a lot. Can I grow Stevia in a greenhouse environment with flowers?

    Can I sell commercially at local markets or is this unrealistic?

    Chad

  6. emmanuel kobi on April 13th, 2008 4:27 am

    Give me the full information about stevia and how to grow it

  7. Denise Joy McGuire on April 19th, 2008 8:03 pm

    Ilive in SanDiego, Ca., and would like to know where I can buy baby Stevia plants.

    Thank you,

    Joy

  8. theresa irby on April 29th, 2008 12:27 pm

    very informative info. new to stevia and needed that kind of information thanks so much

  9. Laura on May 1st, 2008 10:09 am

    can you eat fresh stevia leaves in a saled? Just pick a few at a time alongw w/ other greens?

  10. Charline Pyne on May 21st, 2008 11:35 am

    Could you please tell me where is Saskatchewn I could buy plants to grow.

    Thank You

  11. Barbara Bowen on May 25th, 2008 5:50 pm

    Can you grow the plants in pots and take inside in the winter in a colder climate?

  12. Joel Hunt on June 4th, 2008 10:42 pm

    Since it doesn’t winter over and come back in zone 7 could I grow it as a houseplant? Also, does it produce seed I could gather and replant from season to season as an annual in my garden?

  13. Jan Muskett on July 17th, 2008 6:28 am

    I would like to learn more how to cook with stevia and also how to grow stevia in my garden.
    Thank you,
    Jan

  14. Kaery Sunshine on December 1st, 2008 9:43 pm

    Hi there,
    I have an indoor stevia plant and it is not doing so well! it was transplanted this fall, and since then the leaves have been drying out and the plant is a yellowy sick looking color. Is this plant an annual? can it survive year round in a warm indoor envoronment? maybe i’m watering it too much? i love it so i want it to live!
    thanks!

  15. JATIN on January 2nd, 2009 6:09 am

    its intresting to know abt the cultivation of this plant as our company owes good amt of agriculture land we would be intrested to cultivate this plant if any one would be intrested to help to do this project please mail us, thanks.

  16. john schetgen on January 2nd, 2009 10:57 am

    i’m a former golf course super from years past and i love to garden, but i would like to try growing stevia. if any one has found other tips to help to start seed indoors & keep the plants thriving outdoors here in zone 5, i would really be so grateful. thanks

  17. benjamin on January 7th, 2009 4:19 am

    i want to grow Stevia in Kenya large scale. i need info on how to grow it.

  18. H. S. Pannu on February 26th, 2009 4:03 pm

    I want to know the weather conditions, soil and elevation ideal for Stevia growing in Malawi.

  19. Mai Nguyen on March 1st, 2009 3:13 pm

    I would like to grow Stevia on my back yard or in pot, Jacksonville, Florida 32257.I need information how to grow it and how to cook with raw leaf on my black bean. Thank you very much.
    Nguyen

  20. ibiber on March 16th, 2009 1:39 pm

    It’s the sowing season, Stevia Seeds is available. If you are interested, please let me know or visit http://www.everstevia.com

  21. Shailendra D Rane on April 18th, 2009 7:07 am

    Dear sir,
    I just want to know the cultivation of stevia & in which climate it is favourable.also give me the link of company for which this plant is given.

  22. Jane Karanja on April 23rd, 2009 2:14 am

    I got a stevia plant from my friend in Italy, and once I arrived back in Kenya I planted it on my backyard, right now it is 24 inches, and I am already using the cuttings to have more plants. I use the ground powder together with stinging nettle as an infusion. Great sweetener……

  23. mike on May 9th, 2009 1:08 pm

    I just bought a stevia plant at The Home Depot here in California. If they have them then the availability is becoming pretty common.

  24. Njeri on May 21st, 2009 12:01 pm

    Thanks for the helpful information. I need more information on how to access the plantsor cuttings for grwowing Stevia

  25. Suvajit Roy on June 22nd, 2009 4:15 am

    I just want to know the cultivation of stevia & in which climate it is favourable.also give me the link of company for which this plant is given in West Bengal.

  26. Jen on July 4th, 2009 3:11 pm

    The stevia plant can be found at home depot in Atlanta. Can the leaves be used immediately, without the drying out process?
    Can you bake with the leaves?

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  28. diane Hill on August 3rd, 2009 2:04 pm

    can anyone tell me how tall an adult stevia plant gets or post some pictures? thanks

  29. Arayna on September 10th, 2009 6:17 pm

    Yeah, I have a big stevia plant and didn’t know what to do with it. Now I do. Thank you very much.

  30. Eve on September 28th, 2009 11:45 am

    I planted two stevia plants in my garden 2 years ago.I didn’t realize they got so big! All the bee and nectar loving critters love them!I did pull them out of the ground after the first year,I was going to replant in a different spot.To my surprise they came back up in the same spot!I live in NC. I pruned them with no mercy this growing season to control their side way growth,so they are contained to the area I wanted them.They are all 36 to 40 inches tall.Now that I know what to do with them.YUMMY!THANK YOU !Next season they will be put at all 4 corners of my garden and allowed to grow however they please!

  31. shanmuga raju on November 9th, 2009 2:53 am

    were i get stevia plant in my country malaysia

  32. Nitin Patil on November 11th, 2009 8:58 pm

    5 yrs back ,I panted Stevia. Also i used it in differrent ways for health. but after some time I lost all (10) the trees .know were i will get this plant. i am from kolhapur,MH, INDIA.

  33. franklin glenn on December 23rd, 2009 6:40 pm

    I would like info on where to get stevia plants and how well will they grow in central Ala. thanks

  34. catherine Dudek on January 25th, 2010 6:58 pm

    can I grow the stevia plant in a pot on my windowsill along with my parsley,oregano and other herbs in the winter? I live in New York.

  35. Javan on February 2nd, 2010 1:54 am

    Kindly give me contacts where i can get stevia seedlings in kenya.

  36. Lcolson on February 8th, 2010 2:10 pm

    Seeds are not too difficult to germinate if seeds are fresh, given the proper environment and plenty of light. A grow light and bottom heat are very helpful. Beware of online businesses trying to sell you 5-20 seeds ect. There is no way you could possibly have a good germination rate with the already challenging seeds. The more the better, 50 seeds minimum. I found one supplier that sells them very reasonable without costing you an arm and a leg. http://centerofthewebb.ecrater.com/category.php?cid=442052

  37. pankaj goswami on March 15th, 2010 7:01 am

    i want to know whether stivia plant can be grown in india
    ,if it is possible from where i can get its seeds . kindly furnisn with fruitful sugestions
    thanking you
    pankaj goswami

  38. roshan zamir on May 7th, 2010 5:10 am

    i also need detail production technology of stevia

  39. Claudine Schindler on June 10th, 2010 12:20 pm

    Can I clip the top off to encourage side growth?
    I have been removing leaves starting from the bottom, dried them, pulverized them in my coffee grinder. Is removing the leaves in this way a good idea.
    To start cuttings, do you just cut them and place in pot to root? Thanks

  40. gahsri on June 10th, 2010 10:07 pm

    Please tell me where I can get stevia plant in Malaysia.

  41. johnstone on June 28th, 2010 9:55 am

    I am interested in growing stevia in Embu district, kenya, East Africa. where do i get the seeds or seedlings from? Do you know other growers in kenya’ Ts evident that the market potential is high as people continue to search for safe low calorie sweetners

  42. Sandra on June 28th, 2010 3:59 pm

    I live on the island of Oahu in Hawaii and would like to know where I could purchase the Stevia plant here……thank you :)

  43. francisco b. gacithi on July 2nd, 2010 3:50 am

    i would likr to grow stevia in kirinyaga in the tea growing area. how can i get the seedlings and can you please introduce me to other farmers of stevia in kenya.

  44. n.l.jain on July 13th, 2010 7:46 am

    Let me know from where and how I can get these baby plants at jabalpur,mp,India.

  45. Nav Raj Adhikari on August 17th, 2010 7:05 am

    I find the page useful for me including all the stevia lover or growers. I too have some stevia seedlings of high sweet content in my house in Kathmandu, Nepal. If any body want to take, please write me to the address: navraj.adhikari@gmail.com

  46. Claudia Barnes on September 27th, 2010 6:09 pm

    9/27/10
    Now my stevia plants are beginning to produce light pink/white blossoms. I realize that these will produce seeds, but I wondered if I should harvest the leaves now, or wait until closer to frost. I am in OKLAHOMA and it will be another month before frost (usually).

  47. Nav Raj Adhikari on January 7th, 2011 11:49 am

    Now stevia plants are full of blossom. There is no branch that does not have flowers. But, I want only leaves without flowers. How to do. For clonal propagation, it’s almost impossible!

  48. sanjeev on April 8th, 2011 2:39 am

    anyone interested in cultivating stevia plants in india can contact me for for baby plants of it.
    aabheys@yahoo.com

  49. jaswinder singh on May 16th, 2011 5:05 am

    we want to grow stevia we want more information about stevia n wht cost of stevia for one accer land

  50. Edgar Sakaya on October 13th, 2011 12:03 am

    I wish all around the world people will be growing stevia so long gone will be the days of diabetes. Refined sugar is soft killer.
    Now, how do I get stevia baby plants in Tanzania or Kenya. Contact me at edgariustz@yahoo.com

  51. William Adiedo on April 22nd, 2012 6:53 pm

    I recently read about the stevia plant and developed much interest in growing a few stems in my backyard for trial. How and where can I get seedlings localy? I live in the environ of Nairobi.

  52. peter on May 29th, 2012 8:13 am

    Information about this plant seems contradictory thus the need for a scientific research to be undertaken before comercialization.

  53. sylvia on June 27th, 2012 8:42 pm

    I went to my plant shop to purchase herbs and saw stevia plants on sale. Bought three plants. Thanks for your info on how to grow them and how to use them. I like to snack on the leaves though. Can the flowers be used as well. Mine have not bloomed as yet so I do not know how the flowers taste.

  54. BETH NJUNU on August 29th, 2012 5:47 am

    Please inform me where I can get planting material

  55. Umakanta Mohanta on September 13th, 2012 12:42 pm

    Pls give me detail information how i can able to cultivate stevia.

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