Growing Rhubarb

Rheum rhabarbarum : Polygonaceae / the dock family

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(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

19 Jan 12, rob (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Max the green stalks are better less bitter and needs less sugar when cooking Rob
17 Feb 12, Daniel (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
According to Peter Cundall, there are green-stemmed and red-stemmed varieties of rhubarb.
11 Mar 12, Johno (Australia - temperate climate)
My plants are the green stem variety also but i prefer the red stem better i find they have nicer taste when stewed is there something i can do to promote more redness in the storks ?
20 Mar 12, Fred Merbein (Australia - tropical climate)
I live near Mildura Victoria can I grow rhubarb in this hot climate with ease
09 Apr 12, (Australia - temperate climate)
Why are my rhubarb stalks not getting fat, I have tried cooking them (thin) but they are tough and don't cook no matter how long i stew them
08 Jun 12, Peter (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Where can roots be purchased around Brisbane
17 Jul 12, maree (Australia - temperate climate)
The leaves on my rubbarb turn brown and the stem is soft. Why!!!!!!!!!!!!!
19 Jul 12, adam (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi Maree. The only thing I can think of is that the rhubarb has had too much water. It does like to be watered, but must be free draining. If it gets a bucketing down rainstorm, over a few days, like Melbourne had recently, it can just rot in the ground.
21 Jul 12, mary (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How long will it take my small rhubarb seedlings to grow big enough to be able to use the stalks.
30 Jul 12, Peter (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, looking for cause of Rhubarb leaves turning brown. Live on south coast NSW. Regards, Peter
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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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