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Carolina Gardening: Any one know anything about sugar cane???

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Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

April 6, 2011
10:50 AM

Post #8476064

I bought some sugar cane last fall and over wintered it in my garage planting it a few weeks ago in the ground. Any one know how long it takes to start growing and what do the new sprouts look like??? I have some weeds growing in around where I planted the cane and I don't want to pull anything because i"m afraid I may be pulling up the cane.
Grantsboro, NC
(Zone 8b)

April 12, 2011
10:41 AM

Post #8490332

It just looks like a corn stalk to me. Dad had some when I was growing up he would cut a peice and we would put it in our mouth and shuck on it. The next year he did syrup cane.

Fridley, MN
(Zone 4b)

April 13, 2011
4:59 AM

Post #8492243

Did you plant the canes in a horizontal position? They usually do not grow if planted upright. Takes about 2- 3 weeks to see growth.
Lexington, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2011
10:56 AM

Post #8492849

I've left mine in the ground they usually look like a sharp blade of grass (or corn as noted). I cut many of the tops off my canes last year and put the in water, they all sprouted and I was able to put those in the ground this year vertically; I'll see how those do since I had previously only planted them horizontally. But these had roots, so I think they'll do OK.
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8511893

I planted the cane horizontally about 4 ft long. It already had little "buds" on it but I have yet to see anything come up. It in a dry spot in my yard so maybe it's just not getting enough water, we will see it's hot enough now so ...

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