Rhubarb

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How to grow

Rhubarb can be grown in the ground or in large pots. If in the ground it likes an open position with well drained soil. It does not like getting water logged in the winter.

It can be grown from seed but is usually grown from dormant crowns. These should be planted in soil mixed with well rotted manure with the top of the crown just above the ground.

If you want an early crop the stems can be forced by blocking out light by covering the plant with an upturned pot in late winter.

Harvesting

When harvesting the stems pull them off by holding at the base and try to avoid snapping the stems

Problems

Slugs and crown rot.

For crown rot removing the infected area can sometimes save the plant

Facts

Rhubarb leaves are poisonous

 


Plant type Perennial
Latin name

Rheum rharbarbarum

Growing difficulty Easy
When flowers
Jun
Jul
Aug
Frost hardy -5 degrees centigrade (can survive small frost)
When to plant
Jan
Feb
Mar
Oct
Nov
Dec
When to harvest
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
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