Sugar cane?

scott_griffiths(z9 phx, az)July 26, 2006

I happened across a couple of gardeners who told me about growing sugar cane here in Phoenix. I had never heard of it before, so I thought I'd ask GW members about their successes with sugar cane.

Does it grow well in full sun? Are there special soil requirements such as fast drainage or water retention? I would love to learn more about how anyone here uses it (in landscaping or culinary).

I briefly read through past posts, but thought that it'd be interesting to get more current opinions about it.


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I have never grown Sugar Cane, but know one person who did in Central Phoenix. She had it in full sun, moderate watering. It was fairly invasive. We would cut the stalks, and chew on the sweet insides. It is easy to propagate, but I had no room for it.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2006 at 7:43PM
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waterbug_guy(Phoenix AZ (Melrose))

I don't know about sugar cane but a similar plant I've seen growing wild here is Giant Reed. Might be restricted in AZ, don't know. Grows fast and tall like sugar cane.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2006 at 5:50AM
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Grows great, full sun is where mine is but the AZ Rare fruit growers demo garden gives theirs afternoon shade. Likes lots of water and good cactus mix or sand is best for planting. You can start it your self or if you want some different kinds like Madam Pele Smoke or yellow sugar cane visit Alex at Tropica Mango Nursery. He always has some different kinds.

Here is a link that might be useful: Alex's Tropica Mango Nursery

    Bookmark   August 5, 2006 at 1:35AM
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