GrowthStages

Growth stages 0-9

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These 3 growth phases consist of a series of 10 distinct stages. These stages are numbered and described as follows:

Stage 0 is from germination to emergence:

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Stage 1 is called seedling:

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Stage 2, tillering:

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and Stage 3 is stem elongation:

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These first 4 stages make up the vegetative phase, the first phase of rice plant growth.

Stage 4 is panicle initiation to booting:

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Stage 5 is heading or panicle exsertion:

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and Stage 6 is flowering:

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Stages 4, 5, and 6 constitute the reproductive phase, the second phase of rice growth.

Stage 7 is the milk grain stage:

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Stage 8, the dough grain stage:

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and Stage 9, the mature grain stage:

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Stages 7 through 9 correspond to the ripening phase, the last phase in the development of the rice plant.