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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

04 Dec 17, Manfred (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a rhubarb plant and the leaves are turning yellow and red, what is wrong here.
05 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try and work out if you have the green leaf or the yellow leaf variety.
04 Dec 17, Geoff (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My rhubarb has been doing very well for a few years, just north of Sydney, in raised beds. I split them up last year and they have produced heaps of stems. In late November the leaves became dark and hard and crinkled - but stems look OK. I can't find any disease that would cause this. Is it disaster? I have kept water up to them, and the soil was well manured when I replanted them.
05 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Did you have any really hot dry days - like a dry hot NW wind. This could/would burn them.
28 Nov 17, Sandy (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I got a clump of rhubarb from my sister this summer. I have a brick planter in the front yard that had some room, so I planted it there, beside an artichoke plant. Gave it a good dose of vitamin B1, kept it well watered and it has been doing very well, looking very healthy, and, all of a sudden, it turned yellow. It started turning yellow in October. Could it be, it needs more water (I haven't been watering it much, now that it is looking so good)? Could it be the frost (we have had a few frosty mornings. Just in case it's the frost, I've been covering it at night. Thank you for any insight that can be offered.
20 Nov 17, barb (Australia - temperate climate)
My Sister always put a red jelly into rhubarb (once it was cooked) this provides sugar and colour but not used to set it.
20 Nov 17, barb (Australia - temperate climate)
when is the picking season in south aust?
23 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Did you read the notes here about Rhubarb?. Plants Sept Oct and harvest in a years time.
24 Oct 17, Adriana Cooper (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Like Karen my stems are green can you still eat them, when do the go red? My plants are very healthy and have very good stems.
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?
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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.

- Mike

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