Growing Stevia Plants

When the Stevia plants first arrive water them thoroughly to settle the soil. Keep in partial shade for a day or two then plant in full sun. We find that Stevia will grow in almost any climate, if it is given the correct soil, fertilizer, and light conditions. Stevia is not frost hardy and must be planted each year. In areas where there is no frost, Stevia is still replanted each year, due to the poor growth of the 2nd year root system.

Stevia should be planted in the spring after the soil temperature reaches 65 deg F. Plant in full sun and in a light, sandy, open, well drained soil with neutral pH. Use a standard garden fertilized. Do not use a lawn fertilizer or fertilizers with high nitrogen. Adding extra Boron will help keep the Stevioside level high.

Stevia should be harvested in the fall. The leaves contain about 12% Stevioside (one of the sweet factors). The old brown Stevia leaves will contain 8 to 10% Stevioside. The stems contain about 3% Stevioside. Our Stevia Sweet Recipes Cook Book has many recipes that use Stevia leaf powder.

In the Fall just as the plant is starting to bloom you cut the plant off at ground level (the sweet factor is the highest just before flowering). The plant should be harvested early in the morning and dried in the full sun. The whole plant should be dried first then the leaves pulled from the stems. Hang the plant upside down or lay on a plastic window screen in full sun until completely dry. Strip the leaves off the stems. Discard the stems. When crispy dry, store in a plastic bag until ready to use. Leaves harvested this way in the fall will be 2 to 3 times sweeter than leaves from the same plant harvested in the summer. Break the leaf with your hands or put them a blender to make powder. Please email or phone if you have additional questions. The best place to buy Stevia plants is at www.stevia-plant.com .

48 Comments so far »

  1. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on May 24 2009 @ 2:55 am

     

    We have been growing and shipping Stevia plants for about 14 years now and this is the first time we have had a lot of problems. So much so that I had to ask for help from the University of Missouri Extension Plant Diagnostic Clinic and the Missouri Department of Agriculture Soils Lab. The labs came back with a heavy infestation of broad mites and a disease called Pythium. We have switched our growing medium to Premier BX with MYCORISE® PRO. this is a natural soil fungus that helps the roots of plants grow better. For the broad mites we are spraying with a mixture of water, rubbing alcohol, and Ivory dish soap. Stevia is a food crop so we use nothing harmful. Please phone me if you want the formula for the bug spray.

  2. by Denver Gonzales, on June 8 2009 @ 9:50 am

     

    Can you tell us how to make Stevia cuttings to propagate new plants for the next year?

  3. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on June 8 2009 @ 11:31 am

     

    In some respects Stevia plants are like chrysanthemums in that they grow during the long days of summer and bloom during the short days of fall so to take cuttings you want to do it while it is growing. Late August is a good time. Take about 3 inches off the top of a branch. Make it longer or shorter to get the cut about half way between leaf pairs. Some people stick them into a glass of water to root them. I like to dip them into rooting powder and then put them in potting soil. You will need to mist them several times a day. If you do the potting soil way, set the pot in a saucer with about 1/2 inch water in it for the first week or two. I root them in a little one inch cell like you get very small bedding plants in and after they are 4 to 6 weeks old transfer to a larger pot. Call 800-753-9199 or contact us at http://www.herbaladvantage.com if you have additional questions.

  4. by stephanie, on June 17 2009 @ 1:20 pm

     

    Hello herbal

    I am looking for to learn how should I cut the stevia plant I like to save same spot to grow again do those will grow again? It tall need cut i do read it said upset down ok but do those will grow again?

  5. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on June 27 2009 @ 9:59 pm

     

    To save the Stevia plant for next year, take 3 inch cuttings during July or August. Bring them indoors and root them in a glass of water or in potting soil. When rooted pot them and keep indoors until the following spring. To harvest the Stevia wait until September or October but just before the blooms open. Cut the plant just above ground level early in the morning and dry in full sun.

  6. by Steve, on July 27 2009 @ 2:03 pm

     

    Hi Steve,

    Can you tell me a little about the process which generates you white stevia powder? Do you use a different process than other companies?

    Thanks so much,
    Tamara
    Hi Tamara,

    To make white Stevia extract the Stevia leaf and stem are soaked in water, they are wet ground and soaked some more. The solids are then filtered out leaving a very dark green liquid. This is then run through a system much like a Reverse osmosis system to pull out the color. The clear liquid is then vacuum sprayed dried. The crystals are then ground into a fine powder. This is a very simple description. Timing and other factors will very the quality of the end product greatly.

    Thanks,
    Steve

  7. by Sandra, on September 12 2009 @ 4:18 pm

     

    Wanted to ask about drying the leaves. I would want to rinse them well before drying so as to get all the dust and other allergens and droppings from the air that would be sticking to the leaves.

    Is it okay to rinse them? I hope so.

    Sandy

    I would not rinse Stevia leaves. The sweet glycosides are water soluble. Try blow drying them.

  8. by DOY NACPIL, on October 18 2009 @ 5:47 am

     

    Hi, Iam from the Philippines ( Cental Luzon), very much interested to propagate Stevia in my backyard.
    Can you help me ?

    Your blog is very helpful.
    God Bless you for this mission.

    Doy Nacpil

  9. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on December 2 2009 @ 12:45 am

     

    Hi Doy,

    Mt wife, Dr Josefina Marsden, is from Manila. We ship Stevia plants all over the world. We may also have Stevia seed this spring. Thanks, Steve

  10. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on December 2 2009 @ 12:59 am

     

    The glycosides in the Stevia leaves are water soluble so it is not good to rinse the leaves. The better way to clean them is to completely dry them and then shake them in a sive or toss them in front of a small fan.

  11. by Paragon, on January 8 2010 @ 12:38 am

     

    When do you ship the plants you sell? I assume it’s well after frost is around. In May? Isn’t it then a bit too late to plant?

    We start shipping Stevia plants in April and continue through August. The time depends upon the weather and when people want them. Stevia should be planted in late Spring or early summer and harvested in late fall. Call 800-753-9199 or contact us at http://www.herbaladvantage.com if you have additional questions.

  12. by gemma almoradie boyer, on March 7 2010 @ 8:34 pm

     

    HI steve, so your wife is filipino as well. We would like to know if you want to propagate this stevia plant in australia. I am a filipino married to a farmer here in Victoria, australia capital is melbourne.

    I believe it will be a food additive of the future because of the benefits that it provide. I have hypertension and they said it regulates the blood.

    Maybe we might do business together with your knowledge and our farm.

    We hope to hear from you regards to your wife.

    Sincerely,

    GEMMA & Lyndon

  13. by thomas, on April 12 2010 @ 8:54 pm

     

    I want to grow about 20 stevia plants every year but after the first year’s plants do i have to buy 20 pots to put cuttings in? is there a better way to grow a lot of stevia every year without buying new plants?

    You only need to buy new Stevia plants every year if you live in an area that gets frost.

  14. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on April 25 2010 @ 12:53 pm

     

    You can take cuttings in August. Bring them indoors and root them. Take them back outdoors the following spring.

  15. by Bhimrao Shingade, on June 10 2010 @ 11:14 am

     

    I am looking for the technology for planting material preparation of stevia plant and Varieties of high stevioside containing Stevia plant. If you can provide me the technology and varities of stevia plants with high stevioside/RubaudiosideA containing plants kindly let me know the procedure to procure the technology, charges of technology and mode of payment and detailed terms and conditions. kindly send me the information about supplier of technology for above mentioned subject. Waiting for your reply.

    Regards

    Bhimrao Shingade
    Contact no. +91 97251 16883

  16. by neddie aguas, on June 14 2010 @ 5:07 pm

     

    Hi, i’m also intereted with this plant, can you give me the address where i can buy stevia cuttings?

    Many Thanks,
    Neddie P. Aguas
    Angeles, Pampanga
    Philippines

    Cell no. 09209899200

  17. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on June 22 2010 @ 10:23 pm

     

    Stevia rooted cuttings may be purchased at: http://www.HerbalAdvantage.com/

  18. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on June 22 2010 @ 10:24 pm

     

    Stevia rooted cuttings may be purchased at: http://www.HerbalAdvantage.com/

  19. by debbie, on July 25 2010 @ 9:43 pm

     

    I have a beautiful stevia plant but it is getting very tall. Is this normal? I am about to take a cutting from the top to propagate for next year but I am curious if the plant should be so tall. Mine is about four feet tall. Thanks, Debbie

  20. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on August 1 2010 @ 12:38 am

     

    Some Stevia plants will get quite tall if not pinched. I suggest pinching off about a half inch of the growth tip every three sets of leaves. This will make a bushier plant that should survive a wind storm better.

  21. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on August 1 2010 @ 12:48 am

     

    Please let me know what I can do to help you get started. Thanks, Steve

  22. by janet rogers, on August 14 2010 @ 6:37 am

     

    What is the best way to utilize the stevia leaf? Chop it up and use in salads, drop in a cup of tea? So far I have not found the best, easy way to taste the sweetness.

    Stevia leaves must be dried and crushed to release the sweetness.

  23. by janet rogers, on August 14 2010 @ 6:38 am

     

    What is the best way to taste the sweetness of the stevia leaf? Chop it up, drop a leaf in tea, dry it then chop it up? I cannot figure out how to actually be able to utilize my plant.

    To get the sweetest leaves from the Stevia plant you should harvest in the fall just before the flowers open, dry the leaves quickly in the full sun and then crush or powder the leaves.

  24. by Abdul Kadhum muharib, on August 17 2010 @ 3:57 am

     

    Good day
    I am from Iraq south , Maysan province ,I am very interesting to get seed or branch for growing in my district , please can you advice me how can arrange and with whom I can contact
    thanks and best regards

    Abdul Kadhum

    We ship Stevia plants all over the world. I can sometimes get Stevia seed. How many do you need?

  25. by irish, on August 30 2010 @ 10:36 pm

     

    im from davao, philippines. do u also ship here? point of origin is from where? , since your wife is from manila, can it be from manila?

    We ship from Missouri, USA and would be happy to quote you the shipping cost. Visit us at: http://www.stevia-products.com/

  26. by Eileen, on September 17 2010 @ 2:20 pm

     

    I’d like to use Stevia as a part of my fresh herbal tea garden. I just bought a couple 4″ potted plants a couple days ago, but I’m unfamiliar with this plant. Do you have to harvest the whole plant and dry it to make Stevia powder before use? I’d like to use it fresh. My hope is that I can use it as a perrenial plant in Southern California and just use fresh cut leaves to add to the rest of my fresh cuttings mint, chamomile, lemon grass, etc., before making tea. Is this possible? Thanks for your feedback.

    The sweet factors in the fresh Stevia leaf do not release as well as they do in the dried and crushed Stevia leaf. Another problem is that the sweetness of the Stevia gets stronger and stronger as the summer passes and reaches its peak just before the flowers open in the fall. This is the proper time to harvest Stevia leaves.

  27. by amy, on November 24 2010 @ 1:21 am

     

    Hi i am interested to grow stevia plant how can I get my seeds

  28. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on November 26 2010 @ 11:29 pm

     

    We sell Stevia plants from cuttings. We do not recommend growing Stevia from Seed.

  29. by Melanio Sumabat, Jr., on December 3 2010 @ 11:49 pm

     

    Hello herbal,’
    I am from Davao, Philippines. I have confusions in the use of terms of seasons like spring, summer, fall and winter, because It was mentioned to harvest in the fall. In the Philippines we don’t have 4 seasons, what we have is only dry and wet, hence, what is that particular month/s to start harvest Stevia in the Philippines? or the best month to start planting? Also what is the best elevation range suited for Stevia planting?
    Thanks a lot and Best Regards
    Mel

  30. by Melanio Sumabat, Jr., on December 4 2010 @ 12:05 am

     

    Hello Herbal,
    In Davao our dry period ranges from Dec to May while its getting rainy in June to November.
    Please give your insights as to Stevia cultural practices is concerned.
    Thanks and Best Regards
    Mel

  31. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on December 15 2010 @ 1:38 am

     

    Stevia is a very interesting and forgiving plant and will grow almost anywhere in the world where the temperatures stay above 60 degrees F. In the Philippines it might do better at higher elevations with the brighter light. You may also need to protect it from too much moisture by planting it on hills or elevated beds.

  32. by Alan Stevenson, on February 16 2011 @ 7:56 pm

     

    Your information has been of great help in doing some research, though we are currently looking for information to planting a hectare or more in Chile. One of the things I am having a hard time finding is accurate figures of harvest weights and sale pricing per ton,(dried leaves). I may call you in the short time. Thanks Steve.

    Most Sincerely
    Alan R. Stevenson

    * Yes call. I am glad to help.

    Thanks,
    Steve Marsden
    Herbal Advantage, Inc
    800-753-9199
    http://www.HerbalAdvantage.com/
    http://www.HealthyVillage.com/
    http://www.stevia-plant.com/
    http://www.theherbalinsider.com/ NEW BLOG

  33. by ernesto dancel, on February 27 2011 @ 1:00 am

     

    Hi good day where i can buy cuttings of Stevia in the Philippines, I’m from Tarlac.
    Thanks, Godbless
    Ernesto
    *
    Normally we can ship to the Philippines. http://www.stevia-plant.com/

  34. by chris m, on May 5 2011 @ 7:47 am

     

    I am interested in hydroponic-ing these indoors, but i want to start from seeds cause the soil replacement i am using could start a bad fungus, my hope is to have about 5 plants and i would like to start them soon, as the local plant places tell me its almost time for them to order plants in. My question is, do you have seeds, and how do i buy them? I have seen them on amazon but i want all dark seeds and i would like to have blackbird seeds if at all possible, my use of the plant will simply be to eat the leaves and if its not a good sweet leaf than whats the point?
    thanks
    chris
    *
    My suggestion is to buy our plants and take cuttings from them to put into your hydroponic system. Thanks, Steve

  35. by Chandraman Gurung, on June 21 2011 @ 5:26 am

     

    Why my stevia leaves are very small in comparison is there another methods to make big leaves?
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    There are many things that effect the size of the Stevia leaves such as the source of the plants, the soil fertility, or the age of the plants.

  36. by Mart, on October 24 2011 @ 9:32 pm

     

    If you could also suggest how I can propagate the Stevia once I get the plants that would be awesome.
    Thanks, Mart
    *
    Hi Mart,
    It is best to take cuttings from May thru August.
    Take the top 4 inches of a branch.
    Dip in rooting powder for soft cuttings.
    Fill a 1″ to 2″ pot with a very open potting mix.
    Make a hole in the center with a pencil.
    Stick cutting in hole 1″ to 1.5″ deep.
    Water until very wet and dripping, repeat 2 to 3 times a day.
    Mist every 60 to 90 minutes (or as needed) for the first week.
    Mist every 2 to 3 hours (or as needed) the 2nd week.
    Mist 3 to 5 times a day (or as needed) the 3rd week.
    Should be well rooted by then.
    Thanks,
    Steve Marsden
    Herbal Advantage, Inc
    http://www.stevia-products.com/

  37. by Steven Voeller, on February 12 2012 @ 11:16 am

     

    I want to make White Stevia Powder.
    Please e-mail any information you have.
    *
    Making white Stevia extract powder is a complex operation. Is this a commercial operation or for home use?
    Thanks, Steve

  38. by alxis cap, on March 14 2012 @ 5:28 am

     

    im interested with this stevia plant. im from compostela valley, philippines. where can i buy this plant? thanks..
    *
    We are not exporting Stevia plants at this time.
    Thanks,
    Steve

  39. by joy, on May 21 2012 @ 1:31 am

     

    Hi!I am from the Philippines and I’m interested in growing Stevia on a large scale. Can you give me information on how & where I can get the plant, how much does it cost?
    Thanks!
    *
    Due to the high cost of shipping Stevia plants into the Philippines I would suggest you consider growing them from seed.

  40. by Judy, on July 31 2012 @ 3:46 pm

     

    can I grow stevia in my aero garden indoors with grow lights… seems I should be able to do this year round?
    *
    Yes you can grow Stevia indoors with lighting.

  41. by jayr agno, on November 20 2012 @ 6:52 pm

     

    hello sir, i am conducting a plant design in here in the Philippines, and i find Stevia plant to be part of my studies, can you tell me where in the Philippines is the plantation of that particular plant. thank you
    *
    I’m sorry I don’t know where they are growing Stevia in the Philippines.

  42. by Sergio Torres C., on June 3 2013 @ 11:02 am

     

    I got from you 72 stevia cuts last April 21 (batch 041969). I planted them in my garden 6 days later (Sunday 27).

    Today they are between 12 and 16 inches tall and very healthy.

    We (the plants and my family) live in Managua, Nicaragua, Central America.

    Our home is a very fertile, hilly and woody land about 1500 feet above sea level. Our garden used to be part of a coffee plantation.

    We don’t have four seasons in this part of the world.

    We only have one dry season (November to April) and one rainy season (May to October).

    Temperatures range from 84 F (May) to 59 F (December).

    My goal is to have stevia in my garden for the rest of my life, so I can use its sweetener for me and my family.

    Right now, the rainy season is beginning and my stevia plants seems about to blossom. I can send you pictures you can use in any way you see fit.

    My questions are:

    1) Should I harvest them now? should I wait? If so, for how long?

    2) When to take the cuts for propagation purposes?

    3) Where can I get a detailed explanation of the powder extraction procedure?

  43. by Jason, on June 27 2013 @ 12:05 am

     

    How long does it take to flowering? Thanks.

  44. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on June 27 2013 @ 10:59 pm

     

    In most cases Stevia plants will flower in the fall of each year.

  45. by Erick, on July 20 2014 @ 1:57 am

     

    Im from Philippines I’m very interested for making white stevia sugar.. Pls help me like giving some tips for growing stevia.. Pls message me.

  46. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on July 20 2014 @ 6:22 pm

     

    Please visit our other web sites for help on growing Stevia plants.
    http://www.herbaladvantage.com/
    http://stevia-plant.com/

  47. by Ashley King, on October 6 2017 @ 10:33 pm

     

    Hi there,

    I have been introduced to Stevia plants when I went to Alomah Gardens and would like to buy some seeds or plants to grow this in Bohol. Could you please advise me of the cost of seeds, plants.
    What quantities you have available and also how they are shipped. How long does it take from Manila to Cebu / Bohol and can the plants survive the journey well ?

    ashleyvincentking@gmail.com

    How do we pay for them ? bank transfer or Credit card ?

  48. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on October 7 2017 @ 12:08 am

     

    Hi Ashley, It looks like you are in the Philippines. We do not sell Stevia seed and do not recommend that you grow it from seed because most of the Stevia plants grown from seed will have no sweetness at all. It is best to grow the crop from cuttings taken from high quality plants. We do ship Stevia plants to the Philippines and have in the past. Our minimum order is one flat of 100 rooted cuttings. You will have to get an import license from the Philippine government. We take most credit cards. Please let me know if you want to continue. Thanks, Steve steve@herbaladvantage.com

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