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Growing Rhubarb – How to Grow Rhubarb

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The first few sticks of rhubarb in late Spring are beautiful. Look after your plant and it will look after you with bountiful harvests throughout the summer and can be stored for use throughout winter. Very easy to grow.

VARIETIES

  • Victoria: An easy-to-grow old favourite. Ideal for beginners as it requires so little attention! The greenish-pink coloured stems have tender flesh with an excellent balance of sweetness and acidity, and not as stringy as some varieties. [Sutton Seeds]
  • Stockbridge Arrow: With its good deep red colour, arrow-shaped leaves and high quality, thick stems (up to 60cm [2′] long when forced), this is an excellent rhubarb. Yorkshire bred, it produces a heavy crop with very few thin or waste sticks. [Sutton Seeds]

SOWING

Can be sown from seed in April but takes many years before a harvest can be taken. We recommend using crowns.

PLANTING

Plant in full sunshine in free draining soil. Dig out a large hole and mix some general purpose fertiliser. Place the crown in the hole so that the bud is visible just above the surface. Backfill with the soil you originally removed and give a generous amount of water (a watering can full).

Companion Planting

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Crop Rotation

Plant in a permanent position.

Seasonal Care & Related Posts

Requires very little attention. Water well in hot summers.

In the autumn cover the crown with a good amount of well-rotted manure or use the compost from any hanging baskets or pots which are no longer flowering.

To get an early crop you can ‘force’ your rhubarb. Place a large bucket or dustbin over the crown and leave. The aim is to stop any daylight touching the crown. Six week later remove the bucket to find pale pink stalks. New crowns shouldn’t be harvested much in the first two years. Allow the plant to establish itself below ground, only remove one or three stalks in those first two years.

    PESTS, DISEASES AND PROBLEMS

    None. Please be aware that the leaves are poisonous.

    Harvesting

    Place your hand at the base of the stalk and pull while giving a little twist at the same time. The leaves are poisonous so remove these while still at the plant. Place them around the plant and as they die their goodness will feed the plant.

    How to Store

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