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 5°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 90 cm 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

10 Nov 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Buy some sand or sandy loam soil and mix into your soil and compost.
10 Sep 21, Helen (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Does rhubarb have to be out of sun lite? Can it grow here in San Diego?
14 Sep 21, (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Most plants need lots of sunlight. Check what Climate Zone San Diego is in the climate zone section here and look it up if you can grow it.
06 Aug 21, Iain Robertson (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Where in Western Cape can we buy Rhubarb, plants to grow?
02 Jan 22, Adri (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Stodels Bellville had some for sale, not sure if they still have. I bought mine a month ago from them. If they do not have they can get you one or will tell you where to buy it from.
07 Sep 21, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Try seed selling companies on the net.
17 Jul 21, David L. (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I live in Howick KZN. I grow rhubarb in deep pots on the north side of our house (probably too hot) in a compost/soil mix regularly watered. Our area has heavy clay about 200mm below the surface, hence the reason for the pots. Our rhubarb grows many thin stalks (5/8mm dia.) quite slowly and many die before getting above 5mm dia.. The picked stalks are tasty if one has sufficient of them. The plants are about three years old and grown from a split off from a crown. Does rhubarb favour any particular soil PH? More or less water? Any particular soil mix? Require any special feeding? What is ideal soil depth? Your guidance would be appreciated. Thank you.
21 Jul 21, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Try building your garden bed higher or use something to break up the clay - like gypsum or dolomite (I think). ph 5.5 - 6.5. Good soil depth of 12
26 Jun 21, Wendy McGregor (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi there. I am making a new rhubarb garden against my west fence so it will be shaded in the hot summer afternoons. When autumn and winter comes around however this area will mostly be in the shade. Is this ok. Thank you
29 Jun 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
NO plants need sunlight and most need plenty of it. If grown in shade they will be thin and weak. In the heat keep the water up to them. Read up about growing them - google.
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You could try the old idea of using an upside down terracotta pot over the crown or try some of the ideas here www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-force-rhubarb/

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