Black rice has received acclaim for its high nutrient content and anthocyanin antioxidant levels, according to a report from the American Chemical Society. Although Asians have grown black rice primarily for food decoration, noodles, sushi and pudding, the report continues to state that farmers in Louisiana are interested in growing black rice. Knowing how to germinate black rice seed is critical in growing the rice.
Soak the black rice seeds in a container of room temperature water for 24 hours before planting. Sieve off any that float or look deformed, as they are not viable.
Strain off the water and place the seeds in a covered container in a sunny spot where they can warm up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours.
Spread an inch of well-rotted compost with a shovel and then a rake over a prepared planting surface that you have tilled and cleared of all weeds.
Plant the black rice seeds over the compost at the rate of about one seed for every 9 inches, leaving room for the plant to grow, using a grid system to keep the planting uniform.
Water the seed every day until the rice has sprouted, or for about a week. Allow the soil to dry out around the seedlings between waterings and then flood the area until the water covers the soil about an inch deep.