Grow Your Own Sugar Cane

Grow your own sugar cane -- it's one sweet and easy science project idea. Not only does this kids' science activity look great, you'll have your own sugar cane to use.

What You'll Need:

  • Sugar cane
  • Potting soil
  • Large flower pot (about eight inches)
  • Knife
  • Candle

How to Grow Your Own Sugar Cane:

Most people don't know that sugar cane is a type of grass. Like grass, it grows quickly and easily into an attractive plant.

Step 1: Find a fresh-cut section of sugar cane at least a foot long. (You may have to look in a specialty grocery store.)

Step 2: Look near the joints in the stem for a shield-shaped bud from which new stalks will grow. Below the buds are tiny holes where roots will grow. Cut the stalk off two inches below the bud and about an inch above the next joint.

Step 3: Fill a flower pot with potting soil up to about two inches from the rim. Stick the cane into the soil so that the bud is just barely covered.

Step 4: Light the candle and drip melted wax onto the other end of the cane to keep it from drying out.

Step 5: Keep the soil barely moist. In a week or two the bud will sprout. When the new sprout is about six inches high, add another 1-1/2 inches of potting soil.

Step 6: As more sprouts grow you can cut the sprouts, peel them, and cut them into sticks to stir hot drinks with.

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