Growing Rhubarb

Rheum rhabarbarum : Polygonaceae / the dock family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec

(Best months for growing Rhubarb in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • P = Plant crowns
  • Easy to grow. Plant pieces of rhizome or roots 8 - 10 cm (3 - 4 in.) deep. Best planted at soil temperatures between 41°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 35 inches apart
  • Harvest in approximately 1 years. You will have a stronger plant if you leave it for about a year before using..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Brassicas (Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, etc)

Your comments and tips

25 Nov 23, (Australia - temperate climate)
The larger leaves could be just old ones. The new leaves could be lack of fertiliser.
15 Nov 23, Arlene Johnson (USA - Zone 8a climate)
I live in Dallas, TX and I would like to plant some rhubarb, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and beets. When do i plant these and can I plant them in a shaded part of the yard?
25 Nov 23, (Australia - temperate climate)
You will have to look up on this website, each different vegetable to see when to plant. Veg general need sun and lots of it.
02 Nov 23, Maren (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
My plants are healthy but the stalks aren’t very red in colour? And red only halfway up the stem?
25 Nov 23, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
That is normal.
11 Sep 23, Candace Norman (Canada - Zone 2a Sub-Arctic climate)
Planted from nursery stock this year. No flower/seed stalks apparent, do I pull or cut fruit stalks then mulch over for winter?
29 Aug 23, sally (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hello, I have a very healthy rhubarb growing and it is gigantic. Leaves are big as elephants ears. I have thick long healthy stalks but they are green. I have slight pinkish tint at lower end of stalk but rest is green. It is about 5 months old and has grown amazingly, but I have pulled 1 stalk and cooked it, it had no taste whatsoever.
06 Sep 23, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sounds like you over fertilised and water it.
29 Aug 23, Becky (USA - Zone 3b climate)
(i live in southwest MN in the summer and winter in Arkansas. )It’s September and I just bought some rhubarb to plant in zone 3b-4. Can I plant now in September and leave them do I need to stay and water them continually or should I take them back down south with me and take care of them and plant in the spring back in zone 3b-4. Thank you for your help.
06 Sep 23, Anonymous (USA - Zone 4a climate)
Check your climate zone time to plant and plant then.
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I live in south central Tennessee and want to grow rhubarb. Can I do so as a perennial or do I have to treat it as an annual? And where is the best place to plant the crowns?

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