Stevia Plants in 2-1/2″ pots

2-1/2Four 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



Stevia 70 Rooted Cutting in flat

Stevia 70 rooted cuttings.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 $ 80.00



Stevia 140 Rooted Cutting in 2 flats

Stevia 140 rooted cuttings.Two flats of 70 cuttings for a total of 140 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: 2 flat of 140 cuttings $ 150.00



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:

  1. Seed is normally very low germination. However from our work with a research university, we have discovered that if you select the very dark seeds and plant only them your germination should exceed 85%.
  2. Stevia grown from seed may or may not be sweet. Usually only universities grow Stevia from seed – looking for that one in a million plants that have more Stevioside than the plants we sell.

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.

How we grow our new stevia plants.

When wCut-2e propagate new Stevia plants we use a cell pack often used for Spring bedding plants. The tray is called a F1020 because it is about 10″ wide by 20″ long. There are 12 packs per tray and 6 plants per pack or 72 plants per tray. We use a bark, peat, and perlite soil-less mix and we stick the Stevia cuttings directly in it. The mix we use is called Metro Mix 902 and is used by commercial growers. We usually get 100% rooting. I take a larger cutting than many people and find my plants finish larger faster this way.

When taking cuttings you want everything clean. I don’t sterilize but I do clean. I clean my potting table. I use only new clean soil mix. I fill my packs with moist mix. I dibble holes in 2 packs. I take 24 cuttings as you can see. Dip one cutting into the rooting Hormodin then stick it into the hole and press the soil mix around it. If you are an organic grower you can not use the Hormodin powder but you should be able to use Willow water. The cuttings are abouCut-4t 4″ long and include 2 full sets of leaves. If the bottom leaves are slightly up from the bottom of the cutting I will leave them in place even though they will go below the soil level when planted. I find that Stevia leaves can absorb water just like roots.

After you stick all the Stevia cuttings into one flat you need to water it. I do this very slowly and carefully. You don’t want to splash soil out of the pot but you do want to flood each cell so as to settle the soil in the cell around the cutting. People laugh but I believe this is the most important job of the whole operation. You only get one chance to settle the soil, if you go back later and water the soil is fixed in place and will no longer pack tight around the cutting. Again by properly flooding the cells one, two, or even three times you pack the soil so there are no large air pockets. A cell that has a large air pocket at the bottom will allow the plant to dry out and not grow properly. We do not use an automated misting system. I flood water each cell once a day and we spray a mist over the leaves every 30 to 60 minutes during daylight hours. Sticking cuttings day one then days 2 and 3 will need misting every 30 minutes or so whereas days 4 and 5 may only need misting every 60 minutes. By the time the cuttings are a week old you will mist 2 to 3 times a day. I have seen unrooted Stevia cuttings so wilted they were laying flat on the soil, mist them and 30 minutes later they are smiling at you.

Cut-6You can see 2 of the F1020 flats that have been stuck with 72 Stevia cuttings each. The flats have been placed on a heat mat so I can keep the soil temperature at about 70 degrees F. You can see my soil thermometer near the center. This heating mat will just hold 4 flats so we stick four flats at a time. After one week in this position we carefully slide each flat onto another heat mat set at 65 degrees F for another week. With the start of the 3rd week we move the flats to a greenhouse bench. Two more weeks and the roots are strong enough for the plants to ship.