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Nevahoe
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« on: September 08, 2011, 06:00:25 PM »

I want to grow sugar cane for my grandsons.  How do I get started?

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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 07:24:20 PM »

There are strains of Sugar Cane that will grow well enough there for home use but for large commercial production the winters are too harsh.  :-)
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011, 08:41:09 PM »

Mr Nevahoe , Welcome to the best site Period.
I agree with Mr Bird.
The closer you live toward the S.C. line would also help.
I think you will be alright for home use.
Some areas would probably do great.
Good luck.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2011, 05:04:51 PM »

There's probably a more techi way of starting it, but for home size, you lay  green stalks on the worked ground, and cover it shallow. It will sprout at the joints and make the new crop. Freezing weather will
kill it so you might be better off to plant cane sorghum instead which can be grown similar to corn from seed. Mayor and others can fill you in on details.
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2011, 05:30:48 AM »

Sugar cane is planted in the fall for next years crop. Around here the farmers have been planting since September first. By the time the first freeze comes it could be one foot tall. It remains dormant until the spring and starts growing again. If your ground does not freeze then you could successfully grow sugar cane. I grew up on a sugar cane farm and was surprised to see sugar cane flowers when I worked in south America. In the tropics sugar cane makes a flower much like corn.
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2011, 08:39:30 AM »

Thank you, Possum, Tbird, CrazyHorse & Timeinsebring:
Am 80mi N of SC line, but at 1200 ft, and significant mountain influence results in periods of brutally cold weather and frozen ground.
So it looks like classic S_Cane might not be an easy crop here.

But, Possum gave me the solution:  Sweet Sorghum is the answer for me. I can teach the grandboys how to peel a cane with a knife and enjoy a chew - something Granddad taught me.

Thanks again

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