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Rhubarb

Rheum rhabarbarum

Garden Rhubarb

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Rhubarb's are an easy to grow, very low maintenance plant but will produce better crops if given a little care. The bright stems are a colorful addition to any vegetable patch and they will produce for many years.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Harvest once the plant is at least 2 years old and when stalks are about 2,5 cm wide and 30-45 cm tall. Remove stalks with a pull-and-twist action or cut at the base and throw away the leaves. Remove flowers to keep the plant vigorous. If the stalks become thin, stop harvesting.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in spring or autumn, 1 cm deep and 1 m apart.
Rhizomes
Plant crowns or budded ‘pieces’ so that the top of the crown is 3 cm deep, with 75-90 cm between plants. Divide every 5-10 years in early spring or autumn.

Special features

Crop rotation
Rhubarb is a heavy feeder and needs nutrients added.
Pot plant
Rhubarb can successfully be planted in containers if they are large enough, at least 60 cm wide and deep.

Geography

Origin
Europe, England
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand, Clay
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Edible
The long fleshy edible stalks are crisp when raw with a strong, tart taste. The stalks can be cooked with sugar and used in pies, savoury dishes, crumbles, and other desserts or pickled.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Polygonaceae
Flower colour
Buds can be a bright red before they burst., White
Scent
None

Problems

Rhubarb can be bothered by rhubarb curculio, which is a weevil. Damage will mainly be visible on the leaves and stalks, with feeding holes and egg-laying sites. Rhubarb may also be affected by crown rot which occurs when there is poor soil drainage.

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