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 Apr 21, glenn (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Please note the question was about QLD, not USA..(Sept is spring here) I'm going to give it a go about now 'ish' and hope it enjoys winter in Hervey Bay.
04 Apr 21, Ulla (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
What's eating big holes into my rhubarb leaves, and can I safely use insecticides and still eat the stalks? Ulla
06 Apr 21, (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Look for some grubs or caterpillars and research some sprays on the internet. Read the label of the insecticide. Pick the caterpillars off and kill them.
13 Mar 21, Aaron Burnside (New Zealand - temperate climate)
We live in Christchurch. When is the best time of the year to split a rhubarb plant so I can give some to a friend
15 Mar 21, Anonymous (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Read the notes here, it tells you.
28 Feb 21, PAUL Embury (USA - Zone 10b climate)
Can I successfully grow Rhubarb in Miami if I plant it in a pot to keep it out of the direct sun in the summer? What variety would grow best?
01 Mar 21, Anon (USA - Zone 10b climate)
In 10b zone it says here it won't grow. It is probably too hot.
05 Jan 21, Josephine B (Australia - temperate climate)
I have tried to grow rhubarb over the years, but without success - don't know why it seems to die as I don't over-water it - I just keep testing soil with my fingers until soil is only lightly damp. So now, I have another 8 crowns bought last year (2020). When I bought them most of the crowns had lovely fat stalks, so I cooked them up - YUM, LOVELY. This year (now Jan 2021) they all have very thin spindly stalks, have read that I need to leave them for another year to grow being only young plants. I've also read that one should remove the dying off leaves which I have been doing. Is this the general practice as mine have many spindly leaves with still more still producing. I've also read that these new spindly stalks can be use or is it better to leave them to die off then remove them? LOVE my rhubarb and can hardly wait to cook more up rather than paying $6.00 for 5-6 stalks from the supermarket. Anxiously waiting for your reply. Thank you.
06 Jan 21, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
Spindly thin leaves probably means lack of nutrient in the soil. Did you improve the soil with compost, manures, fertilisers before you planted the crowns. They probably need some regular fertilising, every 2-3 mths when growing. To buy crowns with big fat stalks doesn't sound right to me. They should have been left until production had slowed down like going into winter. The plant goes dormant in winter, so you plant crows in late winter early spring into good rich well drained soil. Any other people here with experience with rhubarb, I have never grown it.
24 Nov 20, Charmaine (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Is rhubarb ready to eat when the stalks are still green? Our plant is a few months old.
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