Wild rice

Not related to the Asian rice - a genus of wild species.
Common name : Wild rice
Scientific name : Zizania aquatica
Family : Poaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Annual
Sun loving
Sun loving
Extra water
Extra water
Zizania - Wild rice - is a genus of four species of grasses, growing in shallow water in small lakes and slow-flowing streams. Wild rice is not directly related to the Asian rice (Oryza sativa) - they have a chewy outer sheath with a tender inner grain that has a slightly vegetal taste. Three species of wild rice are native to North America : Northern wild rice (Zizania palustris), an annual native to the Great Lakes region of North America, Wild rice (Z. aquatica), also an annual, growing in the Saint Lawrence River, the state of Florida, and on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States, Texas wild rice (Z. texana), a perennial found only in a small area along the San Marcos River in central Texas. Manchurian wild rice (Z. latifolia), is a perennial native to China, which has almost disappeared from the wild in its native range, but has been accidentally introduced into the wild in New Zealand where it is considered an invasive species.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 60 - 200
pH 6 - 7

Plant my wild rice

Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low. Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air. Water copiously just after planting. If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.

Water my wild rice

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

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