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.
Grown from crowns, or corns Rhubarb dies back after the warmer months and is drought tolerant.
Rhubarb is a hardy plant and growing it is not difficult, once established rhubarb crowns, or plants will produce crops for many years.
Growing conditions to look for are a humus rich 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.
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.
When dividing always choos divide into a good root section with an eye and at least 1 leaf. Plant with the growing eye just above ground level.
Water in well with a seaweed fertilizer and keep the area weed free.
Rhubarb varieties for the vegetable garden include: the popular 'Wandin Red', 'Silvan Giant', 'Ever' and the green stemmed 'Queen Victoria.
Remember that Rhubarb leaves and roots are poisonous, only the stem are edible.
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