Rhubarb Plants and Varieties.
Rhubarb begins to grow at the end of the cooler months when cold temperatures have activated the new buds and crowns are usually available for sale online from July onwards.
Some rhubarb produces green stems, and other varieties produce the sought after red stems. And no you can't make the green varieties turn red.
Grown from crowns, or corns Rhubarb dies back after the warmer months and is drought tolerant.
Red stemmed rhubarb variety.
Rhubarb is a hardy plant and growing it is not difficult, once established rhubarb crowns, or plants will produce crops for many years.
The seasons for picking rhubarb are spring and summer, this is generally when the stems are at thier best and have not become to old. You can pick stems at other times depending a little on the climate.
Growing conditions to look for are a humus rich moist, but well drained soil in a sunny position. Established clumps of rhubarb will benefit from being divided every 3-4 years. Fertilize with a seaweed fertilizer or dynamic lifter.
Rhubarb is a hungy and thirsty plant, so follow this basic care regime for established clumps
Watch out for flowert spikes, this is an indication that the clump is overcrowded, or it is stressed from lack of water.
Divide Rhubarb and transplant in late winter to spring.
Select the healthiest looking crowns from the clump, gently tease and pull apart retaining as much of the root system as possible and replant in a new position with some well rotted cow manure an compost dug into the soil.
Water in well with a seaweed fertilizer and keep the area weed free.
Popular types in Australia include 'Wandin Red', 'Silvan Giant', 'Ever' and the green stemmed 'Queen Victoria.
Remember that Rhubarb leaves and roots are poisonous, only the stem are edible.
Those tall stalks that rise from the centre of the plant, white, green and red are rhubarb flowers, and if you see them, simply cut them off as low down as possible.
As with all plants, when they try to flower and set seed they take energy from the plant and put it into the flower.
This is not what you want with rhubarb, you want new stems so that you can pick and cook them.
An believe us, rhubarb flowers are not that pretty anyway. As for collecting the seeds and using them to grow more rhubarb, remember that you are growing a cutivar, and from the seed you will not get the same plant.
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