Good enough to eat
Rhubarb isn’t technically a fruit, as it’s the stems we eat, but it has now been lumped into that category because we generally have it in puddings - pies and crumbles, fools and jams.
Whatever your opinion on its category, this is a plant that is really easy to grow even if you just want a few stems.
Plant dormant crowns in late autumn or early spring in heavy soil with plenty of added organic matter, preferably in full sun so the stems will become redder and sweeter.
Plants should be 3ft apart. Remove any flowering stems which appear in summer, cutting them out as close to the base as you can, then remove dead leaves when the foliage dies down in autumn, adding generalpurpose fertiliser to the soil and mulching liberally.
If you want to force rhubarb for earlier stems, cover a well-established crown with a rhubarb forcing pot or upturned dustbin in mid January or early February and cover the ground around it with straw for insulation.
A few weeks later, long stems with pale leaves should appear and they can be harvested until the end of March. Then uncover the plant to let it develop naturally and don’t force the same crown every year.