How to Take Stevia Cuttings

Stevia Plant


Have you tried growing Stevia yet? It’s very easy to grow!

Stevia rebaudiana is the sweet leaf plant from Paraguay.

The newer powdered sweeteners you buy in the store are made from Stevia but it’s very heavily processed.

If you like sweet teas-herbal or otherwise you might consider growing your own!

You can dry the leaves and use them to make your own herbal infusions (herb teas).

I’ve had several people tell me they have had success starting their Stevia plants from seeds, but I never had much success starting with seeds. Too many did not germinate when we needed them to! Taking cuttings was much more reliable, and I am a officially a ‘cuttings’  kind of gal.

If you want to try starting seeds, here is a link with some seed growing information. If you have purchased a plant or two and would like to try cuttings, you’re in luck!

Stevia is very easy to start from stem cuttings providing the parent plant is actively growing, not flowering and is in good shape.

Check out the video to see just how easy it is to propagate your own Stevia at home!


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  1. Samsuddin, 19 June, 2012

    I’m from Malaysia.

    I have seen the video, Growing stevia- how to take stevia cuttings. Thank you very much. It’s very helpfull. This is the first time I see this kind of technique (putting inside plastic beg).

    But I have questions here.

    1) How long (how many days) we have to put inside clear beg?

    2) During this period (Put inside palstic beg), we dont have to pour some water?

    3) I also dont understand, when you put stevia in plastic beg, there’s no oxygen inside that.. how this stevia would grow?

    Thank you for the infomation.

  2. Greenthumb, 23 June, 2012

    Hi Samsuddin! Let me answer these questions for you:

    1)The cuttings must stay in the bag until they have roots. It will depend on how long each cutting takes to root. Some take a month and not all cuttings will root. Sometimes the plants will start to grow taller when they are rooting and you may have to trim them, or open the bag enough for them to grow up. The ones that wither and turn dark should be removed quickly.
    2) The mix you stick the cuttings in should be already damp. When the bag is closed it will keep the soil moist and will not dry out.
    3) The cuttings have no roots so they will dry out if the bag is open too much. We only let a little oxygen by opening the bag a tiny bit in so the plants will not dry out.If they start to droop you will need to close the bag again.
    4) When the plants are actively growing and the bag remains open then you will want to check the water to see if the soil is too dry.
    Good luck!

  3. Lora, 14 July, 2012

    My computer doesn’t have speakers so I can’t hear the video … do you have a written version of this?

  4. Greenthumb, 23 July, 2012

    Hi Lora, so sorry I do not have a written version. It’s fairly simple though. Here’s a quick “how-to” for you:
    1) Make the cuttings about 4″ long from a plant that is actively growing and not trying to flower.
    2) Remove extra leaves and stick into a sterile, moistened starting mix!
    3) Cover with your baggie or other plastic and leave covered and out of direct sunlight.
    4) Check daily and remove cover for a few minutes if the plastic seems overly wet or it’s “rainy” inside the tent. Recover.
    5) Roots should start to form within a few weeks, but can take up to 4 weeks in some cases.
    6) Remove any plants that wilt completely or turn brown.
    7) After about 2 weeks the baggie can be opened slightly, but re-close if plants look “wilty”. That means there are not enough roots yet to support the cutting. Once plants are actively growing inside the bag open the baggie a bit more. Usually by 4-6 weeks the cuttings have a decent little root system and can be transplanted.
    8) You can try this with other types of plants, it works well for many herbs!

    Good luck ;)

  5. Linda Maybee, 05 September, 2012

    Will this work for basil?

  6. margo watt, 05 September, 2012

    Where would I get a stevia cutting, seeds, or plant?
    Also how can I make sure that it is organic?
    I am in Ontario, Canada.
    Will they grow well indoors during the winter months?
    Thank you

  7. Greenthumb, 05 October, 2012

    Hi Linda, it will and basil is so easy to root in water that you might want to give that a try, too!

  8. chrissy, 07 June, 2015

    could you please list the herbs that will root from stem cuttings? thank you! :)

  9. Greenthumb, 12 June, 2015

    Many will, it just depends on how and when! Any of the mint family members (including Lemon Balm and basil) will root easily- and mints will usually be quite happy to root in water. Sage, lavender, thyme, oregano and rosemary are fairly easy to root from cuttings and sometimes rosemary will even root in water! You can try the herbs mentioned with the stevia method and see what happens. Many don’t need the “tent” as long as stevia cuttings do but do prefer the indirect bright light while working on new root formation. Try not to take cuttings from tender new growth that is too soft, or from plants that are flowering. They can be stubborn and might refuse to strike roots at all :) Here is an article from Mother Earth Living that might give you a little more detail: Good luck!

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