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Stevia propagation

Posted by corar 9 (My Page) on
Mon, May 4, 09 at 11:17

I have two young stevia plants (Richter's Crazy Sweet) that are about 12" tall. Can I start new plants from small cuttings? My son is diabetic and controlling it with diet and exercise, but it's difficult for him as he refuses to use "chemical" sweetners. (can't say I blame him)
Any info you can share on expanding my stevia crop would be most appreciated.

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RE: Stevia propagation

Just root some cuttings. That is what my husband's aunt does.- Good luck.

RE: Stevia propagation

Mine was in a pot sitting in the bathtub where I grow tomatoes. Has sprouted in several places on it's own.. Should be very easy to start cuttings. I use it primarily for sweetening tea and since I drink tea by the gallon need a lot more of it lol. Think I'll let it take the entire tub and move the toms elsewhere.
Have you found an easy way to process the leaves. Have tried fresh brewing along with the tea but takes WAY to many leaves. Maybe chopping and drying??
Seems very easy to grow,no temp,bug or disease problems at all. I actually think I like the taste to even cane sugar and it certainly is stronger gary

RE: Stevia propagation

I've not processed a single leaf so far. My two little plants seem to be healthy and growing, but I've hesitated to start using them, I guess for fear of defoliating them! But I think today I will take a couple of cuttings and cross my fingers.
When I tasted a leaf the other day, it was amazingly sweet with no green or bitter after taste. In fact, the sweet taste lingered for about thirty minutes. I think I will try just mashing a leaf or two in the bottom of the glass before pouring in the tea - we drink it by the gallon, too. As for processing - Dry the leaves carefully then crush to a powder?? I'm an artist, not a chemist, LOL!

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