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Sugar cane
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Ron,Ar    Posted 01-06-2004 at 09:08:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do any of you good folks know where to get sugar cane or ribbon cane slips or the whole stalks without having to drive too far? I have heard that some cane is planted from seed but can't seem to confirm it. I don't want much, just enough for a small backyard patch. Sorghum would be ok too.

Coaltrain    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:54:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron where do you live I am guessing Arkansas? I live in NE OK. I raise cane and make sorghum. To grow from stalks must be in warm climate. I raise from seed. To burn is to remove leaves for eaiser harvest of stalks. Coaltrain

ron,ar    Posted 01-06-2004 at 11:53:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks coaltrain,I used to live in south Louisania. They burned stubble after harvest for some reason. Where do you get your seed? I really would like to have some ribbon cane but the local feed stores say they can't order seed.

Coaltrain    Posted 01-06-2004 at 12:45:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can go to my website under construction at and email me there or and I will send you some a little later in the spring. Let me know how many pounds you want. Coaltrain

hay    Posted 01-06-2004 at 09:49:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
you might try Louisiana State University. they grow a lot of cane in south LA. if you are anywhere north of lake charles, LA the cane will not survive. it cannot take any freeze. needs year round warm temps. i tried some in houston, texas area and it froze here too.

Ron,Ar    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:15:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
That might well be true for the variety grown for sugar but the stuff syrup usually is made from is a little more hardy. I took this off a site.

Sugar cane for syrup is grown over a somewhat wider area in the United States than cane for sugar. The area extends from eastem Texas east to South Carolina. The culture is essentially the same as for sugar cane and some of the varieties are the same. Since most production is in areas with a shorter growing season than the sugar producing areas, early maturing varieties are essential. Most of the cane grown for syrup is in small acreages and the syrup is manufactured on a small scale, although there are a few sizable factories

Besides, nothing will grow in that black gunbo in Harris county.:^)

Ron, who was born and raised in Harris county Texas.

Dennis    Posted 01-06-2004 at 10:34:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Spring, Texas 24 yrs, 1960 Aldine westfield Rds

Paula    Posted 01-06-2004 at 09:20:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just pressing my west indies knowledge, but cane is
not raised from seed. Stalks are buried and shoots
emerge from them. Recalling the structure of sugar
cane, there are buds at the joints so this would make
sense. You know they burn the fields before harvesting
right? Don't know why myself but know that they do.


Ron,Ar    Posted 01-06-2004 at 09:35:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
They usually get two harvests out of sugar cane, then burn the stubble, it's easier than trying to plow it under. I know most comes from the shoots on the stalks but one of the southern universities has a seed of sorts, probably just the bud itself but I can;t rememember which one. Thanks for the reply tho.

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