Rhubarb Summary Top Tips
Encourage strong leaf growth to encourage heavy crops with nitrogen compost and manure. Lime in winter.
Stop picking stems by the end of July to allow roots to boost strength for next season.
Plant 3 feet apart in friable but well trodden soil.
Plant out new roots with good eyes/buds in November or December.
Divide roots in October-December a large 3 year old root may produce 6 plants/offsets.
Allow all leaves to die down in autumn before clearing away.
Grow from fresh seed sown under cover in September or direct in March
Pick early, second early or Late maturing varieties from March to August.
Grow your own Rhubarb as it is easy to cultivate and gives a large crop of tender pink stalks.
Varieties to choose
- Victoria, with thin stalks of rosy red that turn pink and green towards the tip. It is a late season cropper.
- Timperley Early AGM is the earliest to be harvested with long stems and a good flavour.
- Raspberry Red is a mid-late season variety of deep red stalks.
- Stocksbridge Arrow, is an old favourite in the West Riding of Yorkshire the home of there rhubarb triangle.
- Champagne is also one of the best varieties but there are lots to choose from at your garden centre or cadge a crown from neighbours.