How to Grow a Rice Plant

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Rice is an important staple in the world economy, as well as in most people's diets. Growing your own rice plant can be a rewarding process. Your goal is recreating the environment of the rice patty, in which rice is typically grown. With a little bit of work and a lot of patience, you can harvest homegrown brown rice to enjoy year-round. The growing process requires very little maintenance, and only a small investment in equipment to produce a great staple for your pantry.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown rice or rice seeds
  • Clean plastic buckets or aquarium
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Heat lamp or warm, sunny area
  • Garden shears or sharp knife
  • Newspaper
  • Select the rice you wish to plant, if you choose to use rice grains instead of rice seed. An organic long-grain brown rice is the best, as it has experienced the least processing. White rice will not sprout because of the amount of processing it's been through.

  • Fill your plastic buckets or aquarium with 6 inches of potting soil. Pour water into the container until it's 2 inches above the top of the soil.

  • Put a handful of long-grain brown rice or rice seed into the planting container. Scatter the rice or seeds evenly; they will sink to the top of the soil, under the water.

  • Place your planting container in a sunny area; rice thrives in a warm climate. Move the containers throughout the day, if needed, to ensure they receive direct sunlight all day. Place a heat lamp over the containers if you are growing your rice indoors.

  • Maintain the water level in your planting container at 2 inches above the soil level until the sprouts teach 5 to 6 inches in height.

  • Increase the water level in your container to 4 inches deep to ensures the sprouts have enough water to complete their growth process. Allow the water level in the container to dissipate gradually -- don't add any more water. Little or no standing water should be left in the container when the plants reach their harvest stage, typically in four months.

  • Harvest your rice stalks when they change from green to a gold. Cut the stalks with garden shears or a sharp knife. Wrap them in newspaper and allow them to dry in a warm place for two to three weeks before roasting.

Tips & Warnings

  • An aquarium works well if you're growing your rice under heat lamps.

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