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 5°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 90 cm 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

12 Apr 13, shirley (Australia - temperate climate)
our rhubarb develops yellow spots which get bigger then the stems become soft and useless. it is in full sun and this has been a pretty warm year.
11 Aug 13, Lorraine Phillips (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
That sounds yummy, must try it..
16 Jul 10, Leah (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Where can you buy rhubarb?
24 Jul 10, les (Australia - temperate climate)
try the "diggers club" i brought one last year and is going great , just starting to flower
25 Jul 10, Steve (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted rhubarb in mid june, but the stems have all died off. Will it sprout again in autumn/summer?
09 Nov 10, Suz (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I planted several rhubarb crowns a few months ago and they have grown rapidly. They are still mostly green although the base of the stems are red but they are very high. When should I harvest them?
22 Mar 11, Lesley (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi, I am concerned that my rhubarb is very prolific (leaves and stalks) however it has not turned red - it remains green. The name on it is "rhubarb - tasmanian grown". Looking forward to hearing from someone. Thx....Lesley
24 Mar 11, Stewart (Australia - arid climate)
Hi Lesley, It is probably a green rhubarb, I have one and it is lovely to eat but doesn't turn red. If you prefer red rhubarb you need to purchase a red rhubarb comb. Cheers, Stewart.
28 Mar 15, alan leach (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Rhubarb will grow all the year round? ex farmworker from the early 50s in UK. Would like someone to put me in touch with Jerrod Nichols or Rod Harker of Tasmania, Rhubarb growers.
05 Oct 11, linda (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I have a rhubarb plant that is a year old and I see it has stalks that look like they have seeded. Do I just cut these out and will the plants keep doing this. This is my first go with rhubarb. Thanks Linda
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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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