If rice is established in the field by transplanting rather than direct seeding, it requires seedlings prepared in a nursery. Seedling nurseries usually occupy 15-20% of the total rice field area. 


Particular care should be given to the installation and the management of the seedling nursery. Good management will ensure that seedlings are vigorous, which is essential for their ability to face flooding, insect attacks, weed competition, etc.


The different steps and information to obtain a good nursery are: 

1. Seed pre-germination

2. Preparation of the nursery

3. Nursery site 

4. Sowing density

5. Seedling age

6. Nursery water management

7. Nursery fertilization

8. Pulling seedlings