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. 🙂
2015 February 24 – Ms. Serena Ganesh’s home grown grains
Serena Ganesh’s rice grains before they turned brown
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.
Feb 25 2016 – Serena Ganesh hand split and peeled husks from rice
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 –
2016 February 27 – soaked grains for 24 hours before sowing on really moist towels.
2018 February 11 – Sowed on Japanese Grow cloth
2018 February 16 – Germination
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.
Budi Widodo cut holes on the side of his “pot” to drain water when it rained
Budi Widodo’s rice paddy trough
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.
2016 February 3 – William Toh’s rice paddy in cookie jar
William Toh’s rice paddy in cookie jar “incubator”
William Toh – This is how wet the soil needs to be
Feb 15 2016 – William Toh’s rice are growing well
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.
Prototype of rice growing on river (natural nutrients)
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! 🙂
Serena Ganesh’s potted rice paddy
Serena Ganesh’s potted rice from seeds
2018 June 24 – I was surprised to see grains on plants started in PET bottles with only 4 inch of soil!
June 24 2018
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 –
Soaking for 36 hours
4 days old seedling
2 weeks old
2018 February 26 – roots
2018 January 14 – single shoot
Planted in mini net cup – 2 shoots on Jan 18!
2018 Feb 14 – multiple shoots in a month!
Interesting “fur” on shoots
One month old roots (Feb 14 2018, germinated on Jan 11)
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.
2018 April 18 – Hydro failed
First grains spotted on June 22 2018.
In outdoor pots
They felt gritty!
WHEN TO HARVEST GRAINS?
The grains are best left to dry on plant.
They should look completely brown (straw colour) before we cut the stalk off the plant. When pressed, the grain is firm and does not break easily.
They do not mature evenly, thus we usually wait till almost all the grains are brown or less green. These dried grains are also future rice seeds.
Not yet ready to harvest
From our own grains, we germinated second generation rice seedlings on October 4th 2018.
2018 August 04 harvest
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.
Planting rice seedlings
2018 October 26 outdoor
2018 December 12
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 January 19
2019 – BLACK & WILD VARIETIES
BLACK PIEDMONT RICE – These seeds were sowed on February 11 and germinated 2 days later on the 13th.
February 14 – Italian Wild variety
It would be interesting to see how they progressed and compared to the grains from our first journal.
2019 February 17
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.
Planted in soil
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.
2019 February 20
SG STRAWBERRIES’ Grow Rice journal till June 26 2018 –
Seeds or Seedlings available for sale in SHOP !