As soon as I heard about Stevia, I was curious. A couple of years ago, I gave growing it a try. It was easy and the plants are very pretty.
I bought a couple of plants at a garden center and transplanted them into larger containers. My two plants sat out on the porch all Spring and early Summer. Once the nights started really cooling down, I brought the plants in and set them in a sunny window.
Here are a few pictures of the plants and how I harvested and dried the leaves. Stevia makes a great substitute for sugar! Much healthier for a person to use Stevia than Sweet n Low or Splenda, as the Stevia plant has no chemicals in it. Just add water with no fertilizer and it is a “natural” plant.
I use it in my tea and have even used it in baking. Read about how I dry the leaves on Country Living in a Cariboo Valley….