Sugarcane 4 Privacy, Beauty or Sustenance
We offer 2 varieties of sugarcane. Florida Green (for hedge and beauty) and Florida Purple Heirloom (for the best juice on the planet – in our opinion : ).
The green variety is the best for privacy screens and 14-20 foot hedges. The red variety is and heirloom variety from Lakeland, FL and larger in diameter. It grows more erratically (bends more vs the green variety that is straight) and is better for juicing, making syrup, etc but we still use it for privacy too. We provide cuttings that are an easy and economical way to plant sugarcane. Each bud/cutting grows to a full stalk at maturity and we ship nodes 2-3 day USPS Priority Mail.
Sugarcane is a very fast growing grass that’s a welcomed addition to any garden or home. It creates a natural barrier for privacy or wind break that resembles bamboo. It can also be a wonderful, unique houseplant when put in a bright sunny location.
A single row of red sugarcane can give you tasty chewing canes or used for replanting but we recommend planting them in rows of 2 for the pest privacy. Best grown in zones 9-10, but can also be grown in zone 5-8 as an annual or even indoor plant. Plants will multiply quickly and are clumping. The number of canes will approximately double each preceding growing season as well as becoming thicker each year.
Sugarcane also makes a suitable container plant, for inside or outside with the advantage of moving it in if you live in an area where heavy frosts may occur.
TO PLANT: Dig a hole (or trench if planting many) approx 4″ in depth. Plant laying down and cover loosely with rich soil, then water them in good and keep moist but not soaked. Fertilize lightly with a generic fertilizer such as 6-6-6 or 8-8-8 in about a month or two. Water regularly after that.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF SUGARCANE
10 Benefits of Sugarcane Juice for Health and Skin
Sugarcane juice is incredibly healthy. We just caution although it’s natural, it has sugar so in moderation is the best medicine. Sugarcane is a grass plant that has 36 varieties, no fat and is a powerhouse drink.
An 8-ounce serving (approximately 240 ml) of sugar cane juice (without any additives) contains 250 calories, with 30 grams of natural sugars so you can see how the sugar can add up if it’s drank in large quantities. It has zero fat, zero cholesterol, zero fiber and zero protein but contains life giving sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. So, even though it’s high in sugar, there are many health benefits from this juice.
1. It gives you instant energy (surely better than loading up on caffeine)
Simple sugars in the juice are easily absorbed by the body and are used to replenish sugar levels.
2. It enhances liver function
Sugarcane juice is rumored to be one of the most effective, natural treatments for liver related ailments such as jaundice. Alkaline in nature, sugarcane juice helps maintain the electrolyte balance in the body.
3. It can help the body fight cancer
It has high concentrations of iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium and is alkaline in nature which is favorable for overall good health. It has health benefiting flavonoids too which helps the body stave off cancerous cells, especially prostate and breast cancer.
4. It eases the digestive system
A little bit of sugarcane juice can do wonders for the all-important digestive system. Potassium in the juice balances the pH levels in the gut, facilitates the secretion of digestive juices and keeps the system on track. It also helps prevent infections in the stomach.
5. It is helpful for people with diabetes
This sounds contradictory, however, in moderation, sugarcane juice can benefit diabetics. The natural cane sugar has a low glycemic index, preventing spikes in blood glucose levels.
6. It maintains kidney health
A naturally low-cholesterol, low-sodium food with no saturated fats, sugarcane juice helps keeping the kidneys in good order.
7. It alleviates pain associated with kidney stones, inflammation of the prostate & UTIs
Consumed with lime juice and coconut water, this powerhouse combination can help reduce the pain and burning sensation associated with, urinary tract infections, kidney stones and inflammation of the prostate.
8. It aids in development of bones and teeth
In many countries, especially in the developed world, chewing on a sugarcane stick is a regular pastime for young children and adolescents and many adults too. The calcium-rich sugarcane also ensures proper development of the bones, teeth and overall skeletal system.
9. It inhibits bad breath & tooth decay
Sugarcane is rich in minerals including calcium and phosphorus and helps build tooth enamel while strengthening teeth. It also helps keep bad breath away due to the deficiency of these nutrients now being taken because of this highly nutritious food.
10. It can help with skin breakouts/acne
Using sugarcane juice topically can help reduce and cure skin problems. It contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid which increases cell rejuvenation. It also helps exfoliate the skin thus eliminating chances of acne buildup. I can be mixed with clay into a mask-like consistency, apply on face and neck and leave on for 20 minutes, then, simply wash off with cool water.