Direct sow seeds (outside) after last frost in late May. Sow seeds 5-6” apart, ¼-½“ deep in rows 9-12” apart. Thin plants to 9-10” apart. Alternatively, start seeds indoors 5/1 at 75° and thin to 1 plant. Transplant outside within 15 days spacing plants 9” apart in rows 9-12” apart. Water plants frequently and regularly.
Rice husks will turn golden brown when seeds are ready for harvest. Cut seed heads into paper bag, or cut whole plants and tie into bundles. Dry before threshing and winnowing seeds.
Rice is usually self-pollinated, so separate varieties by 10-20 feet. Ideally, save seeds from at least 20 plants.