How to Grow Stevia

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Growing stevia is easy to do outdoors by planting it in a sunny spot in the late spring, and the leaves can be used to naturally sweeten a variety of dishes. Find out how to successfully grow this sugar alternative plant with helpful information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on growing food.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment I'm going to talk about how to grow Stevia or Stefia, and it's a great perennial plant, if you live in a warm climate or an annual plant if you live in a cold climate cause it will not survive the winter. Now Stevia is a rage right now, because it's all natural and it's an alternative to sugar. And it is used, any type of way that sugar can be used, so by just taking some of the leaves and drying them or using them fresh, you can add them to any of your dishes where you would add sugar as a real healthy alternative. You can either grow them by seed or by root. And the best time to start them is in late spring or early summer when it's warm out, but not freezing at night so they don't freeze out. Now you want to put them in a lot of, lots of sun, they like a sunny spot. And when you're starting the seeds, all you have to do is sprinkle a few seeds into a container, and cover it about one inch with some soil, and then just mist it in with water, you don't want to spray it too hard, and they will come up. Or you can start them right from the roots and as long the root is covered and the start is exposed it will grow. And they're pretty hardy, in fact the roots, you can always save the roots over the winter too, if you live in a cold climate, just like you'd save dahlias, or gardenias, and then put them out in the spring again. Stevia is a great addition to your garden and it's a beautiful plant.

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