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Growing => Vegetables => Topic started by: alang on October 17, 2020, 08:53:55 am

Title: First Year Rhubarb
Post by: alang on October 17, 2020, 08:53:55 am
I've grown three rhubarb plants from seed this year and they have grown very well indeed. I know i don't harvest them vigorously next year as i need the crown to establish. But my question is. What do i do with the stalks/leaves this year? Do i just let them die off (if indeed they do). Or do i just leave it to do it's thing?
Title: Re: First Year Rhubarb
Post by: Fleecewife on October 17, 2020, 12:21:47 pm
The stalks and leaves will flop to the ground and disappear, the goodness being drawn back into the roots, so just leave it to do its thing, and give the plants a mulch of FYM on top of the shrivelled stalks.  New shoots will pop up in about Feb.
If you treat it well and are not greedy, rhubarb can grow huge.  One year we had two birds nesting in neighbouring rhubarb plants - one a blackbird, the other a hedge sparrow! The chicks fledged the day of a huge storm which totally flattened all the plants, but at least the birds were ok.
Title: Re: First Year Rhubarb
Post by: alang on October 17, 2020, 03:17:43 pm
Thanks FW. I'm actually really happy with these seedlings. They have developed into really nice sized (about 3ft across) plants. The crowns i bought all failed but the seeds thrived. Just goes to show that sometimes a shortcut doesn't always work.