Update 2018 – Hydro Rice in natural nutrients began! Test trials underway.
In land scarce Singapore, it is not impossible to grow rice for fun and where space allowed, for our own consumption. I thought this is a great gardening project to do with children as well. Hopefully with the experience, our urban kids will know how difficult it is to harvest just one cup of rice and learned to cherish every morsel of grain on their plate. 🙂
This is a labor of love for Serena Ganesh’s family! She harvested her grains by hand peeling each husk after other attempts failed. Members from our gardening group (SG Farming in Apartments), such as Edmund Gan, recommended to wait till the stalks are fully golden brown before grinding the husks on a sieve to separate the grains.
Tips for Growing rice:
- Soak seeds 24 – 36 hours before sowing to very wet medium
- Roots appeared 3 – 7 days in a sunny area
- Need strong sunlight
- Maintain seedlings in very moist medium until 2nd month
More gardeners’ journals –
Budi Widodo grew rice along his apartment’s corridor, where he has about 6 hours of indirect sunlight. After his seeds germinated on wet towels, he would plant them here before transplanting to a deeper trough until harvest day.
For soil sowing, William Toh recommended to thoroughly mix potting soil with water until its muddy and then add more water till it covered the soil, before planting grains in the mud pool.
The key for a good rice harvest 🙂 is to keep the soil constantly moist and to grow them in warm sunny places.
The International Rice Research Institute also recommended to prepare the soil well with 7:2:1 ratio of potting soil, manure/compost and rice husks, mixed thoroughly with water for the young seedlings to thrive.
I liked to share pictures from Serena Ganesh’s mature rice paddy 🙂 See how big this crop grew ?! For interested gardeners, do consider a bigger pot than a cookie jar for a more bountiful harvest! 🙂
2018 June 24 – I was surprised to see grains on plants started in PET bottles with only 4 inch of soil!
It would take 4 – 5 months from seeds to harvest day.
Last but not least, please remember to check and change the stagnant water in our rice paddy “fields” for mosquitoes breeding, while enjoying our gardening projects! 🙂
HYDROPONIC RICE – SG STRAWBERRIES’ Journal
A few batches were started for study, beginning on January 11 through April 2018.
Seeds germination rate is almost 100% within 7 days after soaking for 3 days.
As there was no room in my apartment for big pots and still being able to access strong sunlight, I will be growing rice in hydroponic! 🙂 These were how our rice began their journey –
Hydro seedlings were not successful, thus most were transferred to soil in late March 2018. The leaves were brown and limp in all the liquid nutrients I tried.
First grains spotted on June 22 2018.
From our own grains, we germinated second generation rice seedlings on October 4th 2018.
Seedlings were planted in outdoor pots rather than PET bottles this time. For better harvest, they need to be planted in bigger pots or grounded. This time, the seedlings were planted in 80 Liters pot.
In deeper pots, rice seedlings were relatively easy to grow and “fruit” on time. Instead of 5 months in shallow PET bottles, where the roots had no place to form well, these plant showed grains in less than 4 months. Thus plant them in deeper pots for abundant and easier harvest.
2019 – BLACK & WILD VARIETIES
BLACK PIEDMONT RICE – These seeds were sowed on February 11 and germinated 2 days later on the 13th.
It would be interesting to see how they progressed and compared to the grains from our first journal.
They were planted in plastic clear bottle “incubator” to observe roots development. At this stage, we would be keeping the soil very moist while preventing mosquitoes’ breeding by enclosing seedlings in this makeshift greenhouse.
Transparent containers also allowed us to observe how roots grew in the early stages. Lessons learned from the first journal, were that seedlings planted in shallow pots or with too many seedlings, took a longer time to show grains. We hypothesized that roots with more room will grow faster with more abundant harvest.
These incubators could be used as a teaching aid to observe rice seedling’s progress closely.
SG STRAWBERRIES’ Grow Rice journal till June 26 2018 –
Seeds or Seedlings available for sale in SHOP !