20 Feb Sy Mao’s Advice for Growing Rice (and Children)
Growing rice is challenging but not impossible. It takes patience, care, and a tremendous amount of work.
Even though rice adapts to many environments, it needs plenty of sunshine, water, and nutrients to thrive.
Rice comes in many varieties—brown, black, white, and red—including long-grain (slender), medium-grain (short and fat), short-grain (nearly round), sweet, sticky, and more. All varieties are good.
The secret to growing rice that thrives is to provide a proper environment. Clean out all noxious elements that may harm young plants. Use plenty of healthy organic matter.
Make certain your plants have plenty or room to grow. Stay close to remove sprouting weeds. Trying to care for too many plants at one time can be difficult and tiring.
While rice does best in certain environments, sometimes you have no control over natural conditions. Don’t worry. Rice has an uncanny ability to tolerate both drought and flood.
Sometimes rice is planted in a nursery bed, and then moved later to a garden. Other times, rice is sprouted right in the garden itself. Both methods work. The advantage of direct seeding is that you reduce transplant shock to the young and tender plants.
Above all, never take your rice plant for granted. Every plant is important. Care for them properly and they will grow to be mature, tender, and strong.
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