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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Growing Rhubarb.

19 March 2010 14:31:59
Early Rhubarb.[Rheum rhaponticum] for 2010.

Early Rhubarb.[Rheum rhaponticum] for 2010.

When harvesting your rhubarb,simply ease your fingers right down to the base of a stem and sharply twist it off away from the crown of the plant.What this does is encourage more stems to develop.Dont break off the stems or you will encourage setbacks to them.Always cut away the leaves as they are poisonous.To encourage further stem production,always keep the plants well watered and leave some mulch or compost around the crowns.This will hold in moisture,and will also add a boost of nutrients to the soil.


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Noelfitz Noelfitz 19 March 2010 14:48:43

John,

your plants look delicious.

 

Thanks for all your journal entries.


J.D. J.D. 19 March 2010 14:57:24

It looks absolutely mouth-watering.


unagrant unagrant 19 March 2010 15:04:01

Rhubarb tart, yum yum


fran m fran m 19 March 2010 15:22:55

Thanks as ever John, looking good.


Myrtle Myrtle 19 March 2010 16:41:00

If that is a new plant how many stems will you use? I'm not sure whether to use mine as this is only its first year in the ground and I had it in a pot before that for a year.


sparrow sparrow 19 March 2010 16:49:37

I just planted some rhubarb last week so hope it grows. All the work you have done since you came out of hospital - you put us all to shame. Hope your keeping well


Pat Pat 19 March 2010 20:59:18

Thanks for that information John. l did not use my one plant last year as I was told, can't remember who, not to use it in the first year.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 20 March 2010 00:27:36

Looks delicious think it'll be a while before I'm harvesting mine.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 20 March 2010 08:53:51

Thanks you all.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 20 March 2010 09:05:30

Myrtle,the plant above is a crown that has been split to thin out the Rhubarb beds.With a new Rhubarb plant,only in the ground despite been started in a pot,if it was me i would excerise patience.With your plant been in its second year but first in the ground only pull a few stalks.That is at a crucial stage of growth.Even in the third year do similar.Just a few.In time to come you will only be encouraging a bigger crop for later years and not ending up disappointed with the years supply.Time will give you a bigger and more productive.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 20 March 2010 09:15:37

All is well Mary.[Thanks].Cant bend to much but able to operate on my knees at the raised tubs,and work the hoe etc.Your rhubarb will be fine.


Myrtle Myrtle 20 March 2010 10:31:55

Thanks for that info John. I shall try to be gentle with it this year! I saw them dividing rhurbarb on GW last night, they can form some big root!


Mairin Mairin 23 March 2010 23:52:18

Years since I have done it so I hope I remember when the time comes.  Thanks, as usual. 


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