I have been getting a lot of requests about growing stevia from all of you so I will use this discussion to post my success or failure with this new venture.
I had a plant given to me from a friend and it never looked too good, so I was in a garden center the other day and picked up two plants. I kept them in our green house for a week or so and then I let them hang out in the area I was going to plant them for a day. Now they are in the ground and seem to be doing quite well. The leaves are supple and taste very sweet.
I know it is a tropical plant, so if you live up north, you will need to grow it in a pot so you can move it inside for the winter. I actually had to cover mine last night to protect them from frost. I have not gone out yet to see how they did through the night.
My goal is to be able to make my own liquid sweetener from seeping the leaves. That is how my friend makes hers. So if any of you have grown it already, please share your tips with us.
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