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Growing Rhubarb

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(Best months for growing Rhubarb in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant crowns

  • Easy to grow. Plant pieces of rhizome or roots 8 - 10 cm (3 - 4 in.) deep. Best planted at soil temperatures between 41°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 35 inches apart
  • Harvest in approximately 1 years. You will have a stronger plant if you leave it for about a year before using..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Brassicas (Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc)

Your comments and tips

03 Aug 17, Julie Campbell (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi ihave a rubbarb plant from a nursery year before last. I'm growing it in a pot semi shade. It doesn't seem to flourish. It usually has 3-5 stalks on it at one time it made it to 10-ia athought i was soon to have a rubbarb pie BUT it is down to one sad wilting stalk-help. What's wrong with it?
03 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Are you giving it enough area to grow in - as in nutrients from the soil. You may need a far bigger pot. A regular fertilizing - like each couple of months might help. Any chance of putting it in the ground. Maybe plant a few more. Growing in pots requires a lot more care and attention than in the ground.
15 Jul 17, Jan Quirk (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
A friend gave me a healthy looking bunch of rhubarb with leaves intact. I have heard that it is not good to eat the stems if they have had frost on them as the toxin is forced down the stalk from the leaf, is this true? Thank you
19 Jul 17, (Australia - temperate climate)
never heard of this before only leaves are poisonous
11 Jul 17, Carole Leonard (Australia - temperate climate)
Can l grow rhubarb in a pot ? If so what is the best way to go about it?
23 Jul 17, Jasmine (Australia - temperate climate)
I have had good success growing rhubarb in wicker bed pots (they are like a big self watering pot). I kept 2 plants in regular pots and they barely survived, but my plants in the wicker pots thrived. Google wicker pots if you haven't heard of them and there is plenty of good info on how to make them
15 Jul 17, Sam (Australia - tropical climate)
Not recommended for pots. I tried over the years in Adelaide and had the most success in the ground.
14 Jul 17, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Rhubarb like lots of manure, a good water supply and cool roots. If you can provide this in a large tub there is no reason why not
14 Jun 17, Andy Charlton (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi live in Goulburn NSW which is best time to grow from seed and how to thank you
15 Jun 17, Sean (Australia - temperate climate)
i would sow rhubarb seed in the spring when the weather starts to warm up. Seeds need to be lightly covered with soil and kept moist. Spring sowing will give the plants a chance to attain some size before the following winter. Seedlings can be very variable from green to red stalks and from thin to thick stalks. Discard the seedlings after the season that don't meet your requirements.
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Are you giving it enough area to grow in - as in nutrients from the soil. You may need a far bigger pot. A regular fertilizing - like each couple of months might help. Any chance of putting it in the ground. Maybe plant a few more. Growing in pots requires a lot more care and attention than in the ground.

- Mike

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