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Minecraft Item

Sugar Cane is a type of plant that is commonly found in Minecraft. Sugar Cane can be found/placed on grass or dirt and, as of 1.8, sand, as long as the block is adjacent to water on at least one side. Each sugar cane plant can grow up to a height of four blocks. The player can add additional canes manually by stacking them on top of another sugar cane block. Sugar cane is found in most biomes, but is rarely found in the tundra biome due to ice replacing nearly all water next to land.

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Sugar Cane

First Appearance Alpha 1.0.11
Type of Block Non-Solid Block; Plant
Stackable? Yes
Data Values Hex: 152 Dec: 338
Obeys Physics? Yes
Luminosity No
Transparency Yes


Like cacti , sugar cane does not require the land to be tilled beforehand, and removing a lower portion of the plant causes all the sections above it to be destroyed, dropping their items.

Sugar cane will support other blocks placed on top of it, but it will not hold up the player or block the flow of lava and water - when either liquid hits a block of sugar cane from above, it spreads out as if hitting a solid block.

In Crafting

Sugar Cane is a very important necessity, as it is used to make many foods with the use of sugar and also to create paper . Paper created with sugar cane can be used to make various items such as maps and books , which can be used in crafting other important items, like the Enchantment Table .


Like many plant blocks, sugar cane is harvesable, but all sugar cane blocks must be adjacent (next to) to water, and level with it. The cycle of planting them, from a sugar cane item being right clicked on the ground, can be done indefinitely, and the stalks will gradually grow taller. When farming sugar cane, the player must be patient, as bone meal does not affect sugar cane. Resourceful sugar cane farming typically shows the use of several stalks of sugar cane plants ranging from around 10-30 separate stalks at a time.

The most efficient way to farm a crop of sugar cane, which requires the least amount of work, is to only trim the top two segments of a fully-grown, 3 (rarely 4) block high plant and use the stalk segments you loot to plant new sugar cane around the water source. Wait until the entire crop has grown to the full height of 3 blocks high, and then trim off the top 2 segments of each plant (leaving the bottom ones still planted in the ground). Continue to re-visit the crop each time all plants have fully grown, trimming only the top two segments and planting more stalks adjacent to water, as desired.


  • Sugar Cane is referred to in Minecraft as "Sugar Canes", this however is grammatically incorrect as the plural of sugar cane is also sugar cane.
  • Sugar Cane can be planted on a tile covered in snow even if there is no water adjacent to it, but it will break when it grows.
  • Neither the Sugar Cane nor the block they stand on can be lit on fire with flint and steel , although attempting this still lowers the durability of the tool.
  • Sugar Cane is the easiest crop to grow in Minecraft XBLA due to the fact that it can be broken easily and can be regrown without worrying about seeds being missing or lost. It will grow faster than wheat as wheat grows in stages, it will just grow another sugar cane block.
  • Popular belief is that Sugar Cane grows the same speed on dirt and sand, this is true, Sugar Cane has been proven to grow at the same speed on both dirt and sand.
  • Sugar Cane can block a Skeleton's line of sight, preventing it from shooting at the player unless the sugar cane does not hide enough of the player.
  • Before Minecraft Beta 1.2, Sugar Cane were called Reeds.

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