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Old 10-11-2010, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody growing Sugar Cane? I need growing tips, propagation methods, anything? Can it be grown from seeds? Where to find cuttings?
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I don't grow it, but I've seen cuttings available in german web shops for abot 20 - 25 and seeds for just a few .
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Here ya go.

who can enlighten me about sugar cane?

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Old 10-11-2010, 05:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: Anybody growing Sugar Cane?

Be careful where you plant it, it can be quite invasive. I have seen yards taken over by it.
I used to grow purple sugarcane, I got mine from a grower in Hawaii. I thought I had pics of it in my gallery but I cant find them.
I distributed many cuttings.
As it gets older the nodes will grow aerial roots, just cut that stalk down once it gets very old, and cut it up with a hacksaw, put each section in soil and it will form a new plant.
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I have grown sugarcane for a few decades both on O'ahu and here on the 'Big Island'. I use it as a windrow as well as the leaves for mulch. I also like to chew on it or cut the culm into slices and stick it into a cup of hot coffee or tea and avoid having to use processed sweeteners.

When I have a lot of it (due to the 'invasiveness' posted by another member, I cut it and trade it with a goat owner up the road who gives me fresh goat milk in exchange! WONDERFUL!!!
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As a kid we'd buy sugar cane in the autumn around Halloween at the farmers' market. What we didn't eat I'd cut into lenghts with 3 or 4 joints (nodes), and bury them just under the surface of the soil. This seemed to keep them warm enough and moist. In the spring we'd dig them up and replant them in rows in the garden. When the soil became the right tempature they'd sprout along the nodes and grow into beautiful plants during the summer. In the fall we'd cut them and start over.

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As a kid we'd buy sugar cane in the autumn around Halloween at the farmers' market. What we didn't eat I'd cut into lenghts with 3 or 4 joints (nodes), and bury them just under the surface of the soil. This seemed to keep them warm enough and moist. In the spring we'd dig them up and replant them in rows in the garden. When the soil became the right tempature they'd sprout along the nodes and grow into beautiful plants during the summer. In the fall we'd cut them and start over.

That's north Florida, zn 8b.

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Russell: I was in Central Florida for 2 years in '04 and '05 and grew sugarcane there in Ellenton which is just a few miles from the southeast shore of Tampa Bay. It grew very well.

Your method of planting...horizontally with 2 or 3 nodes in a couple of inches of soil is the way I always do it. I have quite a lot of it now and am giving it away to others on this island so that they can plant it and grow their own as a food and energy source or just for ornamental purposes.

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I can attest that Sugar Cane is rewarding to grow, and when it gets warm out, it can grow almost like corn! I would not be without it for the aforementioned reasons, including using it as the best sweetener for sun tea. Cut the pulp and put it out with the jar in the sun, and you have the best tasting sun tea ever.

I do offer it in 4" pots at my nursery, but I'm afraid I cannot import the plants overseas. However, if you do purchase it, make sure you confirm that the one you get is edible. I'd also recommend buying it rooted, because some people have a tough time trying to root sections, depending on the time of year and the maturity of the stalk.

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I have some. It's kind of a pain in the greenhouse overwintering it, the edges of the leaves are very sharp and will cut you like a knife if you drag your arm through it. It is easy to overwinter potted as long as it's at least 50 degrees where you're overwintering it.
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I can attest that Sugar Cane is rewarding to grow, and when it gets warm out, it can grow almost like corn! I would not be without it for the aforementioned reasons, including using it as the best sweetener for sun tea. Cut the pulp and put it out with the jar in the sun, and you have the best tasting sun tea ever.
That's a cool idea, I'm going to have to give this a try. And I think I'll bury some for spring too. I haven't thought much about it in years, but sugar cane really is a pretty ornamental grass.

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Anybody willing to sell/send a Cane stalk?
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I sent some bulbs to Turkey and Argentina last month and it worked out fine. When I get my hands on some I'll pm you.

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I have some black sugarcane growing in the backyard. Don't really do too much to it other than make sure it doesn't get to dried out when it doesn't rain.
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Looks great! I am happy to see you got some, and that's a nice bundle! What form of mailing was used, and what was it 'named' *wink*. I always am curious how people get past customs.
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