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Want to Propagate Sugarcane Indoors

I’m trying to propagate sugarcane to grow indoors (until it gets too large!).

I have 1 stick, about 2′ long, with 3 internodes and at least 1 good-looking shoot-bud-thing.

The last time I tried this, I followed a method I found in a book. I cut out an internode (with the ‘knuckles’ on either end) , sealed the ends with wax, put it horizontally into a pot with the shoot-bud-thingy pointing upwards and covered it with about 1/2″ of potting mix. Then I put that into a giant ziplock baggie (I do that with most of my seedlings/cuttings) for humidity.

It never actually did anything at all – just sat there and got moldy.

Can anybody give me tips/advice/instructions? Does anybody have a better method?

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subtropix

I think you’re trying too hard. Sugarcane shouldn’t be that hard to propagate from fresh cane. Recently, I purchased some
fresh cane (a piece about 6.5 feet high). I merely cut it into pieces about one foot in length and stuck them in a potted plant (a parlor palm). In about a month or so, I tugged at the cane and noticed they can rooted. I pulled them all out and planted them in a somewhat sandy soil. I guess bottom heat wouldn’t hurt (but I didn’t use it)–they all rooted at room temp during February. Could it be that your cane isn’t fresh enough? PS. Don’t use the zip lock bag, I bet your cane is rotting from excessive humidity and lack of adequate air circulation!

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ara133

That is good to hear, thank you! Perhaps my cane wasn’t fresh enough last time. it was during winter when I purchased it – who knows where they got it from! I’ll try again – I do have a source for bottom heat (a seedling mat), so I think I’ll put them in a pot on that, but without the ziplock bag. Thank you very much for all your suggestions!! 🙂

The only question I have left then is – how do I know which end is up? The piece doesn’t have a taper. Thanks 🙂
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subtropix

I’m not sure it really matters. I believe you’re supposed to plant them horizontally (I never do). I always plant them vertically and only bury about a third of the cane (when you buy a piece that’s 6-7 feet, it’s pretty obvious which end is up). The cane was then cut into sections about a foot in length. I aim for soil that is only slightly moist (I didn’t water at all for the month that it was rooting in–it was a large container with a host plant for company). A sandy, loose soil is probably best. I have found the freshest cane sold in Asian or Hispanic markets. Good luck!

I'm trying to propagate sugarcane to grow indoors (until it gets too large!). I have 1 stick, about 2' long, with 3 internodes and at least 1 good-looking shoot-bud-thing. The last time I tried this, I followed a method I found in a book. I cut out an internode (with the 'knuckles' on either end) …