All my leaves are dried. I'm putting them in a glass jar to use for tea and other drinks. Luckily my plant that I had cut all the leaves and stem off of has already started growing a few small leaves. Glad it survived and will take better care of it this time around and hopefully start harvesting more leaves over the winter.
Yes, I saw that. I guess I was lucky that I had no trouble with the last one I started from seed. It is VERY sweet. Not knowing, I harvested the leaves exactly at the right time which may have helped, too.
You may want to investigate things a bit about this statement on the stevia.net site so you can grow the best possible plant
"It would be difficult, at best, to start a stevia patch from scratch — that is, by planting seeds. Even if you could get them to germinate, results might well prove disappointing, since stevioside levels can vary greatly in plants grown from seed."
Maraude, thank you for the links. I had found the first one but not the second one. I may have to start off with a new plant because mine did not have any leaves within 6-8 inches of the roots any more so I cut all the branches short. I'll give it some fertilizer and see what happens. I had no trouble growing the plant from seed and can always do that again if necessary. Birgit
I started this plant from seed early in the spring and I finally cut off all the branches and hung them to dry. I'm just not sure how to best use all the leaves. Should I grind them up and use as powder? I've never taken the time to use fresh leaves since using Xylitol was easier. But I want to use these stevia leaves. Does anyone have experience with this? I'm also wondering if the plant will grow back from the rootstock which is in a pot inside. It has not gotten any hard frost yet. Any input appreciated. Birgit
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