Does anyone know how to grow rice? Part 2

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  1. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    When is rice not rice? When it germinates?

    The Winter project #2 is rolling along here are the first results:

    If rice has the husks taken off and will not germinate then perhaps the grains that germinated are grass. Yes? No? I do have some clues:

    1. I know what they printed on the bag as contents,

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    I separated them according to what I thought they were,

    Identification was done by comparing images obtained from submitting the name on the bag contents to a google image search and choosing the grains from the bag that visually fit the google images.

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    I wrapped each group in a wet paper towel and put them in a plastic bag for 4 days at temperatures between 28°C/82.4°F(Night) and 32°C/89.6°F(Day). The bag was flipped once every 24 hours, the seeds were exposed to light 24h/day.

    Germination results so far:

    Group 1(thought to be the Wild Rice)

    Result: Seeds split open and went barf spilling its insides out
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    Thought to be Wild Rice ( photo / image / picture from Jerry Sullivan's Garden )

    Group 2 (thought to be the whole grain Wehaniâ„¢ rice)

    Result: Good germination about 95%
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    thought to be whole grain Wehaniâ„¢ rice ( photo / image / picture from Jerry Sullivan's Garden )

    Group 3 (thought to be the Long grain brown rice)

    Result: All asleep not one has stirred.
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    thought to be Long grain brown rice ( photo / image / picture from Jerry Sullivan's Garden )

    Group 4 (thought to be the Sweet Brown Rice)

    Result: Same as group 3
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    thought to be Sweet Brown Rice ( photo / image / picture from Jerry Sullivan's Garden )

    Group 5 (thought to be the whole grain Black Japonicaâ„¢ rice)

    Result: Good germination about 95%
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    thought to be whole grain Black Japonicaâ„¢ rice ( photo / image / picture from Jerry Sullivan's Garden )


    Since My identification was done strictly by images obtained from google, all I know for sure is that 38% of the bag will germinate. How many are 'grass seeds'? How many are rice? Some of the terms on the contents could be generic and therefore almost meaningless. The two that germinated have specific trade marked names associated with the grain. So maybe they are grass?

    Jerry
     
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  3. cherylad

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    Very interesting... going to be watching this experiment closely.
     
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    Interesting. I thought you would have no problems with the wild rice, but it sounds like what it does when you cook it. hmmm. I am also surprised any of the other rice germinated. hmmm. interesting indeed.
     
  5. Jerry Sullivan

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    Carolyn, the wild rice smelled like it was cooked. The inside just fell apart. I was a bit surprised.

    Jerry
     



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    Interesting! Very interesting!!
     
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    I think I have some and if I do I'll try to germinate it.

    Sorry, I went to find it (I thought there was a little left in a bag) and I am not seeing it. Maybe I fed the last handful to the chickens :-?.
     
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    Interesting observations: the two grains that germinated were labeled 'whole grain'

    Wehani rice was developed by the Lundberg Family, Richvale, California and is named after several brothers in the family. It is sold in whole grain form.

    Black Japonica Rice(Oryza sativa var. japonica) Also from the same grower is a whole grain brown rice blend of short grain black rice and medium grain mahogany rice that originates from Japanese seeds.

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    A germ of an idea sprouts forth!!

    Upon closer inspection it would appear that group 4, the sweet brown rice has an inkling about starting life. Not all the germ was removed from some of the grains during processing. A few still have the germ attached(see picture). This is day five, the germination conditions remain unchanged. What will day six bring?

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    Germs are good ( photo / image / picture from Jerry Sullivan's Garden )

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