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How to Grow Rhubarb
Rhubarb is considered by many to be an "Old Fashioned" vegetable, found in Grandma or even great-grandma's vegetable garden. But Grandma had a secret... this perennial vegetable will thrive for years, and is almost maintenance free. So why not put a few plants in your garden, and see why grandma was so fond of her Rhubarb.
Important: Rhubarb leaves are poisonous. Cut the stalk at the base of the leaf and discard the leaves.
Did You Know? Rhubarb is one of just two perennial vegetables, that lives for several years. The other is Asparagus.
Sowing Rhubarb Seeds:
Space Rhubarb roots two to three feet apart. They will spread. Rhubarb tolerates a little crowding, but the stalks and leaves will grow bigger and healthier, if you allow them a little space.
A few plants is all you will need for a home garden. If you are planting large quantities, space rows three feet apart.
Days to Maturity:
Rhubarb can be picked in the spring as soon as the stalks are large enough to harvest in sufficient quantity for the recipe you are planning to use. Newly planted Rhubarb will be ready to harvest the following year.
How to Grow Rhubarb Plants:
Being easy to grow, Rhubarb will thrive in most garden soils. For the best crop, add But, it will reward you when compost and manure, or fertilizers. Use a general purpose fertilizer, or a high nitrogen mixture, for well established plants, to promote leaf and stalk growth.
Make sure ample water is in the soil during the harvest period. After harvest, don't forget to provide water, to keep your plants healthy all year long. As a rule of thumb, when watering the rest of your garden, water your rhubarb plants, too.
Mulch thickly around plants to keep weeds down, and to help retain soil moisture.
Healthy Rhubarb plants will grow and spread. Separate or thin the plants every five years, or sooner if the plants become crowded.
Insects and Pests:
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