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Old 01-01-2010, 06:31 AM   #1
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Default Blue Bonnet Rice cultivation

Greetings to all, and Happy New Year 2010!
I have obtained some Blue Bonnet Rice seed, and am wondering if anyone in this forum has experience with upland rice cultivation? This is the first time I will be attempting to grow my own grain, and any and all help will be appreciated.
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Old 01-05-2010, 07:32 PM   #2
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I'll be following your thread here or the one on Idig because I am interested. One thing Baker Creek could do is to include some info on cultivation, especially with these unusual seeds. I wonder what kind of yield you will get out of 100 seeds? You might just save the first crop for replanting for 2011.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:26 PM   #3
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I was thinking the same, about replanting the 1st saved seeds, assuming that I have any success with these at all! ha ha
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:35 PM   #4
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I also got Blue Bonnet, plus two other upland varieties. Another learning experience. Lots of rice grown here in California, but I'd never heard of upland rice before. KS SI P kindly sent info: 150 to 130+ days, presoak a day or so, rinse, sow in warm sterile mix, germinate 1-3 weeks, keep warm, moist good light, sun. Plant out at corn planting time after gradually daytime hardening out. Rows or paddy style. Good luck to us all. What county is Pelham in?
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:11 AM   #5
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I ordered some of that rice seed as well,
so I will be seeing how well it does in the SF bay area...
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice - and Pelham is in Caswell County NC.
I am going to start these in my greenhouse today, will keep everyone updated of how this does!!
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Old 03-20-2010, 04:47 PM   #7
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My Blue Bonnet and Early 3 Nepal both started showing today, 5 days in the pots. Cool!
Much of my family came from Iredell County, back when there was only one kind of cabbage in the world.
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Old 03-27-2010, 05:44 AM   #8
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Mine has been in flats since last Saturday, still waiting to see one come up!!
Iredell County - that is Statesvile, right? About 2 hour drive from here (Caswell County), and that is beautiful country. It seems like I remember tornadoes touching down there a couple years ago and destroying several small communities.
I used to go to the ASMO facility in Statesville for business several years ago.
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Old 03-27-2010, 08:02 PM   #9
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I think my folks were from "Troutman's" in Iredell, and Burke County. I've never been, but would like to see NC; I understand it's botanically a marvellous place.
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:05 AM   #10
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If you ever make it to NC, I would strongly advise visiting the mountains, they are absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.

And...........my rice started coming up yesterday! This is my first attempt at any type of grain, so I am deliriously happy to see the tiny little sprouts popping up from the ground!!!
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Old 03-29-2010, 02:45 PM   #11
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My Purple Jomon sent up one sprout at 12 days; no more in three more days, foo. I may have been spoiled by the eagerness of the Blue Bonnet and Early 3 Nepal. I've grown several wheats and barleys, and rice is really very different so far, a much more delicate-looking plant.
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Old 03-30-2010, 04:40 PM   #12
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I had a couple more rice sprouts appear today, yeah!!
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:16 PM   #13
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i'll be starting our Blue Bonnet Rice today too. we've only tried growing rice once before, the year before last when we grew Well's Rice in flats in the greenhouse and put them out in June. the 19th of that month, temps got bitter cold and it snowed all day. very strange weather for here. but, the rice plants died. i guess they prefer warmth. i may just grow the Blue B's in the greenhouse through the summer.

keep the reports coming!

ps, i'm from eastern washington...can't figure out how to revaamp the profile?!
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:31 AM   #14
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Nice to get more input on the rice cultivation, welcome to the thread Bunkie.
To change the input on your profile, to show your location, go to My Profile when you are logged in,and in the left column on that page under "Your Control Panel" you can select options to customize your profile. Hope that helps
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:25 PM   #15
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Rice.......................
Hmmm.............................
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