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See § Data values
See § Data values
Sugar cane is a block found as 1–4-block-tall plants near water in the Overworld. As an item, it is an important crafting ingredient.
Sugar cane can be mined instantly with anything.
When the spot a sugar cane block is placed in becomes unsuitable, such as when the supporting block is removed, the sugar cane block will uproot and will drop as an item. Sugar cane will not immediately uproot when all adjacent water is removed, but will do so when it next receives a block update or random tick. In Bedrock Edition, sugar cane uproots immediately after all adjacent water is removed.
A sugar cane block will also be removed and drop itself as an item if a piston tries to push it (trying to pull it does nothing) or moves a block into its space.
Sugar cane can generate naturally near water, as two (11⁄18 chance), three (5⁄18 chance), or four (2⁄18 chance) blocks tall. Rare taller sugar canes can be found if generation chooses to generate another on top of one already generated.
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.
Sugar cane takes on a different shade of green depending on the biome in which it is placed.
Sugar cane can be naturally generated four blocks tall, but will only grow to a height of three blocks, adding a block of height when the top sugar cane block has received 16 random ticks (i.e. on average every 18 minutes, but the actual rate can vary widely). In Bedrock Edition, New 3DS Edition and Legacy Console Edition, bone meal can be used to grow sugar canes to the maximum height.
Sugar cane must be planted on a grass block, dirt, sand, podzol, coarse dirt or red sand that is directly adjacent to water or frosted ice (not merely above or diagonal to water), or on top of another sugar cane block. 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. Sugar canes grow regardless of light level, even in complete darkness.
Placing sugar cane into a composter has a 50% chance of raising the compost level by 1.
List of colors
|Sugar Cane||Name ID|
|Sugar Cane||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID|
In Bedrock Edition, sugar cane uses the following data values:
|0||Freshly planted sugar cane.|
|1 to 15||The data value is incremented at random intervals.|
When it becomes 15, a new sugar cane block is created on top as long as the total height does not exceed 3.
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|age||A freshly-planted cane – and a cane which has just grown cane above it – each have an age of 0.|
The age is incremented at random intervals.
At age 15, a cane may try to grow more cane above it.
|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.11||Reeds, (the previous name used for sugar cane(s)) were added in the Seecret Friday Update 6 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. They can be used to craft paper.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.2||Notch retconned reeds into sugar cane so that it can be crafted into sugar, included in the recipe for the cakes.|
|1.6||?||Arrows will no longer stick to sugar cane(s), and instead, they will pass through. However, snowballs will still come into contact with any sugar cane blocks, as if they are solid.|
|1.8||?||Sugar cane can now grow and be placed onto sand as long as they are adjacent to water. This update allows sugar canes to appear next to water ponds in desert biomes.|
|Its block form (Sugar cane) and item form (Sugar Canes) were both available in the Creative inventory.|
|1.7.2||13w36a||The color of sugar cane now changes depending on the biome they're in.|
|13w37a||The item form of block ID 83 (sugar cane) was removed from the game. It can no longer exist in inventories, only as a block in the world.|
|1.9||15w43a||Sugar cane will no longer break, if its adjacent water is turned to frosted ice.|
|1.13||17w47a||The ID has been changed from |
|Renamed to sugar cane.|
|Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 83, and the item's 338.|
|1.14||18w43a||Changed the item's texture.|
|19w03a||Placing sugarcane into the new composter has a 20% chance of raising the compost level by 1.|
|19w05a||Sugar cane now has a 50% chance of increasing the compost level in a composter by 1.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.1.0||Added sugar cane. It is not known if this or Sugar Canes was their initial name. They are available in the inventory in the now-unobtainable block form, as opposed to the item, and it is not known when this changed.|
|0.5.0||Sugar cane can now be grown on sand.|
|0.9.0||build 1||Sugar cane color now changes depending on the biome.|
|0.12.1||build 1||Sugar cane is no longer available from the Nether reactor.|
|1.0.0||alpha 0.17.0.1||Due to a bug, sugar canes will no longer change color depending on the biome.|
|1.2.13||beta 126.96.36.199||The color of sugar canes will now again change depending on the biome.|
|1.10.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Sugar cane can now be bought from wandering traders.|
|1.11.0||beta 184.108.40.206||Sugar canes can now be used to fill up composters.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Sugar canes added. They are solid, making it useful for growable walls. It is not known if or when they were renamed to "Sugar Cane".|
|TU2||Sugar canes are no longer solid, and arrows pass through them.|
|TU31||CU19||1.22||Patch 3||The color of sugar cane now changes depending on the biome they're in.|
- When a sugar cane is broken at the second level, the time resets (for example, if a two-block high sugar cane is broken, but is just about to grow to the third stage, it would reset that time).
- By placing more sugar canes on top of a sugar cane plant, it is possible to create infinitely tall sugar canes. However, it will not naturally grow.
- Sugar canes usually try to spawn more often on the Legacy Console Edition to ensure that the limited world have some sugar canes to find.
- There was a common belief that sugar cane grows faster on sand than dirt. However, this has since been debunked.
- Before sugar cane received an official name, they were sometimes referred to as bamboo, a block added 9 years later. Other names were "reeds" and "papyrus".
A large sugar cane farm using 2×2 water holes.
A cactus and sugar cane stalk generated next to each other.
A sugar cane spawning naturally in a cave underground.
Sugar cane found at the bottom of a ravine.
Sugar cane growing between biomes.
Sugar cane generated in a swamp biome.
Sugar cane growing in a savanna biome.