I've been playing Minecraft for a while - at first, you could only place it on sand adjacent to water, but then there was the option to grow it on dirt. I had read and always believed that sugarcane could grow on both, but would grow faster on sand. I have experienced this twice in Minecraft, once in the PC version and one in Pocket Edition. Recently, though, I read that they grow the same speed, and that several people have proven it to be that way.

I'm really confused now - could someone clear it up for me? Thanks ;)


The base block does not change the rate at which sugarcane grows. Players have even checked the code responsible for the growth- it only checks the block above for air and the blocks below to check it isn't already 3 blocks. There is nothing which could cause a difference between the two.

Source: Minecraft Wiki: Sugar Cane Talk Page

Contrary to popular belief, the speed of growth of sugar cane is the same, regardless of the block it is placed on. - Minecraft Wiki

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YouTuber xisumavoid has actually covered this in his "Minecraft Myth Busting" series (you can find the video here if you're interested).

Xisuma concludes, using science and a check of the game code, that it makes no difference what block it is planted on. So no, it doesn't make any difference whatsoever what block you plant it on.

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My brother and I ran some tests - we timed how long the sugarcane takes to grow on sand, dirt, grass and farmland.

Our results showed sugarcane growing faster on sand.

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    Please give a source or provide us with the information from the tests – Flaunting Aug 15 '14 at 6:42

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