Learn how to cultivate a worldwide staple and ornamental plant with these easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.
Rice is a cash crop that feeds millions of people around the world, but you can also grow it ornamentally.
Ornamental rice can be found at specialty garden centers and mail-order nurseries. Check the tag or ask a garden center representative to see if the variety is invasive. If it is, plant it in a lined pond only.
If your pond's not lined, mesh containers should help to keep plants in check. These containers allow fresh water in and out but will keep the roots at bay. Use soil-less media designed for ponds since it won't color, cloud, float away or change the pH of the water.
Growing rice from seed isn't as hard as you may think:
Depending on the type of rice and your climate, it can take up to 160 days before you can harvest any grain. But don't expect a harvest big enough for a good meal. If you want rice by the pound, that's better left to the professionals.