How to grow Rhubarb

How to grow Rhubarb


I’ve only planted my rhubarb this year so they won”t be ready to harvest until next year. I found them very hard to establish, they kept dying back. A fungus grew which infected the plant and caused some of the leaves to discolour and die. To help them along and try rid the fungus I sprayed them with washing-up liquid and water. – This is … organic / non-chemical mixture that can help your plants. Luckily enough, the fungus died away and bit-by-bit my rhubarb came back and it”s now flourishing!

How to grow rhubarb:

  1. While seeds can be sown, rhubarb is usually planted in roots or crown form. Rhubarb can be bought in most if not all garden centres. As said previously, you can plant rhubarb seeds but it is not recommended. Seeds can take too long to become established and sometimes the plant would not come true to colour and size.
  2. Once you have your roots, space your crowns of Rhubarb two to three feet apart. By spacing your plants they will spread and will grow bigger and healthier than if you squashed them together.
  3. Rhubarb is a hardy plant. It will thrive in most garden soils and will survive through the winter months and spring frosts.
  4. When can you start picking your rhubarb? Rhubarb should not be picked until at least a year if not 2 years after it”s first planting.
There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Sally at 2:11 pm

    Rhubarb is probably one of the easist things to grow. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that it can take up quite a bit of space in your garden. Once you plant it, you could have it for years to come. I know when I was growing up my parents always had a rhubarb patch in the garden and it’s still there today. Just need to come up with some nice recipes for all that rhubarb.
    I found this video on youtube that might give some more helpful tips on growing it.

  2. Pauletta at 2:03 pm

    I can’t believe washing up liquid and water will help get rid of fungus and revive them, great tip. We’ve had rhubarb in our garden for close to 20years and it seems to be struggling at this stage, maybe I’ll give it an old spray to wake it up a bit!!

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