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21 Mar 19 john payne (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Adelaide south Australia my rhubarb grows slow and stunted. the soil is clay based but is worked very well with organic matter,but I still get poor do I solve this problem?
09 Jun 19 Daniel (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi John, I also live in Adelaide and grow rhubarb. Mine grows very well autumn to spring but suffers in summer and goes to seed heavily. I find lots of rooster booster during the growing period and water over summer keeps it growing well, also harvest heavily over the growing months. I am about to do my first cut back and divide of root this winter as I want to reclaim the area I planted and move it to a shaded area for better growing in summer and frost protection in winter. Soil preparation will be 1 part compost 2 parts in place soil heavily dosed with rooster booster. For the first 12 months I will take time to ensure the area will be kept damp all year round until established. Hope that helps.
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