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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

23 Oct 17, Karen (Australia - temperate climate)
My rhubarb has mostly green stalks. I have had it about 3 yrs and it is probably older. Why? Is it a different variety?
24 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You could have a variety like Victoria or Green Victoria, Check "New Life Seeds" - "Boondie Seeds" - " Seed Collection Company" on the net - will show you the different varieties. "Rhubarb Crimson" seems to be more redder.
15 Oct 17, Lexi (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Glasshouse, Qld. I have one rhubard planted in a tyre. It was quite small when I bought it about three months ago. It is now absolutely flourishing with stalks over a foot long. My question is this... If I can't eat the stalks for the first year what do I do, prune and discard or just leave it alone?
15 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Maybe pick some - say half. My mother grew it when I was young. Last year I picked asparagus for 6 weeks and I feel I could have picked it for 3 mths.
17 Sep 17, Julie (Australia - temperate climate)
I have been growing one rhubarb crown in a pot for 12 months. The stalks are very thin but tasty. Just bought a much bigger pot & some compost to replant it into. Should I put the pot up on bricks like my lemon tree or just on the ground?
23 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
In a pot it requires more care and attention. Good soil and a regular fertilizing to produce good stalks. I don't think it really matters if it is raised or not.
07 Sep 17, Bill (Australia - temperate climate)
What is the best manure for Rhubarb, dry or liquid
11 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Depends which manure - read about them. Manure is a good soil builder. Low to mid strength fertiliser. Fresh manure better to make a water tea with. Old dry manure better to incorporate into the soil.
31 Aug 17, Val Scott (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where in Durban can I buy rhubarb plants?
10 Aug 17, Jennufer smith (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in kingaroy qld ..we have around 36 deg summer and a very small winter maybe 3 frosts..but does get down to 4 deg ..could you tell me the best place to grow rhubarb will be in the ground .. .and how will i know how high to cover with dirt ..ta Jenny .
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Nearly all of the rhubarb available is grown from seed which means that growth can be variable. An excess of nitrogen can also cause excessive leaf growth as well so don't fertilise this winter and see if the stalks are bigger next season.

- Giovanni

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