Stevia Planting Guide
Stevia - How to Grow, Harvest, Store and Use Sweet Stevia Herb
Easy to Grow. Naturally Sweet. Stevia Herb! Stevia is a naturally super-sweet herb native to South America that can add flavor to your beverages and cooking without adding a single calorie! However, not all stevia sweeteners are created equal. Most store bought stevia has been so highly processed with chemicals like acetone(!) and methanol(?) among many others, resulting in a bright white, crystalline substance that looks a lot like sugar - to help it sell like sugar. After all the processing and chemical additives – you have to wonder if saving those calories is really worth it!
It is worth it to have a natural sweetener that is safe, doesn't raise your blood pressure or insulin levels, contains a variety of ant-oxidants, and is actually good for you. But for these benefits, you need real stevia, not an over-processed imitation sugar. For the surest source of healthy-for-you, naturally sweet, genuine stevia – grow and harvest your own. It’s easy.
How to Grow Stevia
Sun ExposureLike most herbs, Stevia thrives in full sun in all but the very hottest of climates. Where scorching summers are the norm, arrange light shade during the afternoon.
Soil TypeLight, loamy soil with excellent drainage is as important for stevia as for most herbs. In mild climates without winter freezing, plant in a raised bed. In any climate, plant in a container with gravel in the bottom to ensure good drainage. Keep the plant accessible - you will be harvesting often.
Just slide the plant out of its pot, and ensure the surface of the soil for the plant is at the same level as the surrounding soil in your garden or planter. Tamp in place.