How to grow Rhubarb for Beginners

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Rhubarb is easy to grow and beautiful to look at, a very statuesque plant providing masses of delicious stalks year after year (*Only the stalks are edible, Rhubarb leaves are poisonous) Rhubarb can be enjoyed in so many ways, but I particularly Love making Cobbler, Rhubarb and Cherry Crumble and Rhubarb Cordial.

How to Grow Rhubarb

The easiest way, is to plant Rhubarb crowns. They can be bought online or from garden centres. Crowns are simply offsets, cut from parent plants. Plant them in Autumn, spread out the roots and make sure the tip of the crown is just visible above soil level, choose an open sunny or partially shaded site, and give them the best start by digging in some well aged manure, fill in with some good quality compost.

Caring for Rhubarb

Rhubarb requires very little attention, suppress weeds by mulching around their base every Autumn and maybe give them a liquid feed every spring for a little boost. Rhubarb has pretty good staying power too, producing fruit for around ten years.

How to Harvest Rhubarb

For strong growth, don’t harvest Rhubarb the first year, take only a few stalks the second year, third years the charm! harvest as normal from Spring onwards. Never cut Rhubarb stalks, to harvest, pull and twist the stems off the plant, this way stimulates new growth.

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