Sugar Canes

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Sugar Canes

Non-Solid Block







Blast resistance





Any tool




Yes (64)



First appearance

Alpha 1.0.11



Data values
dec: 83 hex: 53 bin: 1010011
dec: 338 hex: 152 bin: 101010010


Sugar Canes (formerly called reeds, and sometimes called papyrus or bamboo) is an item, and an important crafting ingredient.


Sugar cane can be mined with any tool, or without a tool.

Natural generation[edit]

Naturally-occurring sugar cane near a pond.

Sugar cane can generate naturally near water, mostly three blocks tall, but has a small chance to spawn four blocks tall and reportedly even up to seven blocks tall.


An underground sugar cane farm

Sugar cane must be planted on a grass, dirt, sand, or red sand block that is directly adjacent to water (not merely above or diagonal to water). The adjacent water block can be covered with another block, whether opaque or transparent, and sugar cane will still be able to be placed and grow next to it. It can also be planted next to flowing water. It does not need light to grow. Sugar cane may grow to a maximum height of three blocks. The player can place sugar cane atop existing sugar cane blocks to make sugar cane of any height.


Due to its water-displacing properties, sugar cane can interestingly be used to create underwater paths, allowing players to move at normal speed and breathe if it is two blocks in height. Water must be adjacent to the block the sugar cane is placed on.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe


Sugar Canes

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Sugar Canes

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Sugar Canes


Note: This video was made before the 1.7 changes.


1.0.11 Reeds, (the previous name used for sugar cane(s)) were added in the Seecret Friday Update 6 (Alpha v1.0.11 patch) and informally referred to as bamboo or papyrus by many players. Since reeds could be washed away with water currents or instantly destroyed by removing the water adjacent to them, automated reed farms could be made in previous versions of Minecraft.
1.2 Notch retconned reeds into sugar cane in Beta 1.2 because the recipe for the cake(s) introduced in that update needed a source of sugar.
1.6 As of Beta 1.6, projectile interaction with sugar cane was changed: arrows no longer stick to sugar cane(s), and instead, they pass through. However, snowballs will still come into contact with any sugar cane blocks as if they are solid.
1.8 As of Beta 1.8, sugar cane can grow and be placed onto sand as long as they are adjacent to water, though before Beta 1.8, sugar canes could still spawn on dirt adjacent to water, but could not be placed onto sand. This update allows sugar canes to appear next to water ponds in desert biomes.
Official release
1.7.2 13w36a The color of sugar cane changes depending on the biome they're in.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added sugar cane.
0.5.0 Sugar cane can now be grown on sand.
0.9.0 Sugar cane color changes depending on the biome.
Console Edition
TU1 Sugar canes added. They are solid, making it useful for growable walls.
TU2 Sugar canes are no longer solid, and arrows pass through them.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added sugar canes.


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  • In the code, sugar cane is still referenced as "reeds", both the inventory edited block and the item. It is also called reed in the F3 screen.
  • In Beta 1.8's Creative Mode, giving yourself sugar cane yields the block, not the item itself. However, you can still place it.
  • Ghasts cannot see through sugar cane, while they can be shot through it, making it a safe block to use when making walls (however, remember sugar cane cannot be planted in the Nether without commands or an inventory/map editor, because there is no water, and no water can be placed there). A ghast's fireball will not pass through sugar cane, but it will collide with the sugar cane (and explode) as if it is a normal block.[1]
  • Lily pads can be used to stop harvested sugar canes from sinking into the water, making them easier to collect.
  • When a sugar cane is broken at the second level, the time resets. (For example, if a two-high sugar cane is broken but is just about to grow to the third stage, it would reset that time)
  • In Minecraft Pocket Edition , this used to be the hardest block to find, due to the worlds not being infinite. However, this is no longer the case as of 0.9, due to infinite worlds being added.
  • In Minecraft Pocket Edition , you can use bone meal to help grow sugar cane. You cannot do this on PC.



  1. Ghast and Reed tests by NorixWolf