Growing Stevia plants can provide an edible herb that works well in almost any dish that calls for sugar. Learn how to grow Stevia in your garden with tips from a third-generation flower grower in this free video on plant care.
Hi I'm Yolanda Vanveen. And in this segment we're going to talk about how to grow Stevia. And it's a wonderful herb that's a substitute for sugar that works really well in almost any dish that you use sugar in. And it's really easy to grow as long as you give it some sun, lots of water and treat it like any other herb. So the materials that you're going to need to grow Stevia are either a raised bed or in my case a container. Then you need a Stevia plant. I like to start from a root. You need some gravel to put in the bottom of the pot and some potting soil. And that's all the materials that you will need. So step 1 put gravel and potting soil in a container. I like to mix the two because it's got great drainage and it's really good for herbs and most houseplants. If you mix it gravel, half gravel and half soil they all do really well. Step 2, fill it about 3/4 full. Put the Stevia plant into the container. Step 3, cover that with soil and gravel. About 2 or 3 inches so that the whole plant is covered at least 2 or 3 inches. Step 4, pat it down a little bit. Just so that it stays a little more compacted. And in step 5, add water and put it in a really sunny, hot spot. And if you've got a really sunny window inside you can even treat it as a houseplant. But it's really easy to grow Stevia as long as you keep it in sun, keep it well watered but let it dry out in between. And then that way you can have your own sugar substitute that's really cool.