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Rice Blue Bonnet

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A traditional rice grown by native Mayan people who call it "Blue Bonnet". Collected by Mennonite farmers who have a community near Belmopan, it was given to them by their Mayan neighbors in the town of Armenia, Belize. This is an upland rice variety as it does not need to be flooded and can be grown in regular garden soil. Very productive plants. Here are the "growing instructions" we have for this seed: Warm weather - plant after last frost. Short season, start indoors about the same time you would tomatoes, but still may not have much luck. Needs rich soil (good Nitrogen) plant 5 to 6 inches apart both ways if planting in a bed, or 2 to 3 inches apart with 1 to 2 foot between if planting in rows. Need to keep weeds down and keep the soil moist. Growers in TN planted in mid May and harvested in Mid September

Rice Blue Bonnet
Overall Rating:
Number of Reviews: 2
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

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25 out of 25 people found the following review helpful:

Hanover, MD
October 24, 2013
Will try again
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

What are the pros? Easy to grow

What are the cons? Took too long to mature


This is the first time I have ever tried to grow rice. I spaced my rows about 7 inches apart and planted seeds every 3 inches. 95% of the seeds came up and each plant had around 5 tillers. I planted in mid May and here it is late Oct and only a few heads of grain are ready. I would probably have more but some mice decided to enjoy it and the summer was mild. I planted in a raised bed and only watered it a few times after it started to flower. I will try this again next year with my remaining seeds and whatever seeds I get from this year. No problem with bugs only mice.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

37 out of 44 people found the following review helpful:

Corvallis, OR
October 1, 2013
Easy to Grow 1.0
EarlyMaturity 0.5

What are the pros? it is true rice seed

What are the cons? daylength sensitivity


First, I want to say that it is very exciting to see a seed company offering rice seed. Baker Creek deserves praise for offering this seed. Unfortunately, this rice will not flower for me, even though I planted very early. I believe it has serious day length sensitivities. I live 44 degrees North whereas Tennessee is 34 degrees North and Belize is 17 degrees North. If you live more than 34 degrees North, I wouldn't even try to grow this rice. Also, "Blue Bonnet" is an old cultivar available in some seed banks. This is probably not a "traditional rice grown by native Mayan people". Rice was domesticated in Asia and is a recent introduction to the Americas in any case.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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