Four Stevia plants in 2 1/2″ pots. These plants are over 4 inches tall and well branched. We prune them often so they will branch better. They have good strong root systems and are ready to plant into your garden.
We ship plants on Monday or Tuesday only. Plants are shipped Priority Mail or UPS to all states.
Quantity: 1 pack of 4 plants $ 24.00
A flat of 70 rooted cuttings. The cuttings will be in one inch cells about one and a half inches deep. They will be 2″ to 4″ tall and have a good strong root system, ready for field planting or potting up.
We ship plants on Monday or Tuesday only. Plants are shipped UPS 2nd Day Air to all states.
Quantity: 1 flat of 70 cuttings $ 75.00
Our Stevia plants are grown from cuttings not from seed. Our stock is from the research project that the Canadian government ran for many years. Our plants are not the last plant in there development project, that one is patented, but they are very good quality and better than you may find anywhere else.
Our Stevia plants can not be considered “certified organic” because we use chemical fertilizers on them. The fertilizer we use is “Peters” which is considered the best quality in the greenhouse industry. It is the most expensive so we are very careful as to not waste any. The Stevia plants in our plant production cycle never get planted in the ground (therefor no soil born pests). They are grown in pots on elevated benches out side during the summer and brought into the greenhouse for the winter. Outdoors they are not bothered by insects so we have no need to spray. However indoors, during the winter, white fly and aphids are a problem and we do spray with “Pyreth-It”. This pesticide is made from the Pyrethrum Daisy and is approved for use on organic crops. We use Pyreth-It only as needed as our first line of defense is Lady Bugs and other beneficial insects that we have been selling for years. At no time would I ever stop one of my grand kids from going out to the greenhouse and eating a leaf from the Stevia plants. Of course they have been tough to watch out for Lady Bugs and not eat them. 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., 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 rebaudiana seed is available, but difficult to find for several reasons:
Once you find Stevia plants with high levels of Stevioside, it is best to propagate them from cuttings or tissue culture. Herbal Advantage, Inc. is currently working with farmers in the USA, Europe, and Russia to produce Stevia on large scale farms.
Stevia leaves 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. The leaves should be harvested early in the morning and dried in the full sun. When crispy dry, store in a plastic bag. Break the leaf with your hands or put them a blender to make powder.