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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/5/2016, 1:20 pm

Got some seeds planted last night. We'll see how it goes. I've been told it's very difficult to get them to germinate...
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/5/2016, 2:53 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Got some seeds planted last night.  We'll see how it goes.  I've been told it's very difficult to get them to germinate...
True. And they take a long time to germinate. I hope you overseeded.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/5/2016, 8:22 pm

Oh, yeah... I think I stuck 5 or 6 in the one peat pot.
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Post  sanderson on 9/29/2018, 6:32 pm

I'm trying my hand at making stevia extract.  I'm wondering if commercially dried stevia for sugar substitute is also brown? I tried to pull out the 2 plants but they were stubborn. Then I read through this thread and realize they should over-winter here in Zone 9-A.

Dried leaves seeping in cheap vodka.  I only seeped for 24 hours. Stevia - Page 4 Stevia10

Strained, then simmered for 20 minutes in a rigged double-boiler on how.  There was just enough liquid for a single 2 oz. tincture bottle (ever the optimist, I bought a box of a dozen).  I have a new batch seeping that I will process tomorrow.  I will also try a water batch instead of vodka. In the background on the right is a jar of beef marrow bone broth settling to let the fat rise and any solids settle to the bottom.  Stevia - Page 4 Stevia11

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Post  countrynaturals on 8/31/2019, 10:49 pm

@sanderson wrote:Zero.  I do not like licorice.
Thank goodness. I don't like licorice, either. Razz

I planted 6 seeds. One sprouted. As soon as it gets a few more leaves, I'll taste one.
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/11/2019, 5:20 pm

@Patty from Yorktown wrote:I have grown Stevia, my plant was not tree size. It would have fit 1 per square. Stevia in it's natural state has a slight black licorice taste. It is becoming more well known, so you might be able to find it in a nursery. My plant is about 5 years old. It dies down during our winter. We our zone 7. I had gone looking for herbs and ask the owner if he had anything unusual. That question always gets an interesting response. Hope this helps.

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Mine is called Candy Stevia, from High Mowing Organic Seeds. Absolutely NO licorice flavor whatsoever! happy turtle
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/11/2019, 5:25 pm

@gridgardener wrote:starting stevia from seed is not easy
I only got 1 out of 6 to sprout. I'm gonna plant 6 more today. Fingers crossed cuz they only sent me 25 seeds -- gotta make 'em count. geek
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Post  OhioGardener on 9/11/2019, 5:39 pm

Three things are important for the germination of Stevia seeds: Moisture, Light, and Heat (they are tropical plants).  Push the pointed end of the seed into a moist soilless starter mix so that the end of the seed is flush, or just above the soil line; Place the pot in a heat mat under lights or on a very sunny window; and Spray or mist the soil a couple times a day to keep half-inch or so constantly moist. You should see sprouts in about two weeks.
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/11/2019, 5:41 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:The seeds that weren't quite ready to come off yet are being collected in a baggie: Stevia - Page 4 02010
Every time I pull a few leaves off to use, a few more seeds fall into the baggie.
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Can't wait to try this, since there were so few seeds in the store-bought packet. I might just give stevia plants as Christmas gifts if I can get enough of them to grow.
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/11/2019, 6:04 pm

@sanderson wrote:Wow!  Now I'm hopeful I can keep mine going.  I bought it in the fall and it is still alive without winter protection.
So, is it still alive? bounce
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Post  countrynaturals on 9/11/2019, 6:11 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:Three things are important for the germination of Stevia seeds: Moisture, Light, and Heat (they are tropical plants).  Push the pointed end of the seed into a moist soilless starter mix so that the end of the seed is flush, or just above the soil line; Place the pot in a heat mat under lights or on a very sunny window; and Spray or mist the soil a couple times a day to keep half-inch or so constantly moist. You should see sprouts in about two weeks.
Awesome! I use Jiffy Pellets, but I didn't know to stand the little guys on their heads. thankyou
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