Rhubarb is a hardy, frost resistant plant
Rhubarb is one of the easier vegetables to grow and unlike some other kinds it gets better as its ages.
It will flourish without too much attention and will provide you with sweet, delicious stalks at a time when little else is ready for harvest in the garden.
Rhubarb is a very hardy, frostresistant plant which actually requires a cold spell in the winter in order to produce a good crop of rhubarb the following spring.
The most important requirement this plant needs in order to thrive is space. Rhubarb roots grow deep and spread very far so the more space you can provide the better.
You also want to make sure that the area does not receive full sun.
Finally before you use the area to plant try to remove any weeds or large rocks from the planting area and for an extra boost try adding some organic matter if the soil is poor.
Rhubarb can be purchased in the spring and thereafter planted in the garden or alternatively bought as a crown, which is a bare root form, and is best planted in the autumn.
Both methods work well but I prefer to buy rhubarb crowns as they are much easier to obtain and offer better value for money.
Another good tip to learn about rhubarb is that it can be ‘ forced’ which means tricking the plant into a simple process that provides an earlier harvest of sweeter stems. To do this cover plants with a container or pot to exclude the light. Do this as soon as the rhubarb begins to show signs of growth from the base.
The lack of light quickly causes the rhubarb to produce stems which will be ready to harvest from around three to six weeks.
If you want a healthy rhubarb plant it is best to avoid pulling any of the stocks from the plant for the first year.
To harvest the rhubarb simply pull the stock from the base of the plant and it should snap off with a little pressure. Do not however eat the leaves of the plant as they are poisonous.
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If you want a healthy rhubarb plant it is best to avoid pulling any of the stocks from the plant for the first year