| Making Money with Stevia |
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Ed Rodriguez
Posted on: November 22, 1999
I would like to know if I can make money selling Stevia? I have two greenhouses, 16 feet x 30 feet.
For the bulk botanicals market you would have to grow stevia in the field. Although you can grow stevia in greenhouses for dried botanical production, it is unclear whether it is economic to do so. Increasingly there is an argument for hydroponic production of bulk botanicals, but as far as we know no one has tried commercial stevia production hydroponically in greenhouses.
You can make money growing plants for the potted plant trade. There is increasing interest by the public to grow stevia in the garden (as a summer annual in temperate zones or as a perennial in tropical zones). Richters sells plug trays of stevia which can be repotted and ready for sale in 10 cm (4 inch) pots in about 8 weeks.