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Growing Rhubarb

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Distance between Plants – 3ft Distance between Rows – 3ft Germination within Use crowns
Check out my personal growing notes at the bottom of this page, if I’m growing it this year.

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.


HOW TO SOW


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

VARIETIES


HOW TO TRANSPLANT



HOW TO PLANT


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).

CROP ROTATION:

Plant in a permanent position.

COMPANION PLANTING:

prefer to be planted with
dislike being planted with

HOW TO CARE FOR

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 EFFECTING


HOW TO HARVEST

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.


SAVING SEED OF


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HOW TO STORE


USING IN THE KITCHEN


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Variety Date Sown Transplanted Planting Out First Harvest Last Harvest
Champagne Early

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