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Mon Jun 13, 2016, 12:29 AM

Stevia?

Has anyone tried growing their own stevia for sweetening?

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Bayard Jun 2016 OP
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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Tue Jun 14, 2016, 09:59 PM

1. I grew the plant from some seeds.

It was very easy to grow, however, I never tried drying it or using it for sweetener.

Good luck!

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Tue Jul 12, 2016, 11:15 PM

2. I grow it in a garden. Easy to grow.

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It is a perennial in the Piedmont area of the Southeast.The two year old plants are about 12"-18" tall and are spaced about 8" apart. They are very upright and easy to grow. I planted small plants from 6 packs. Be sure to water, water, water for the first season in order to establish it.

It's very sweet. I've chewed the leaves. It's very nice to use mint leaves and crushed stevia leaves in a glass of iced tea!

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