Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable, it belongs to the buckwheat family and has a sour taste, and it is among the first crops ready to harvest in the spring. Rhubarb has tart flavor ruby and its green stem is used to make Pies, Crumbles, jams, and sauces you can make the pie filling by chopping the stems of rhubarb. 

And you can also incorporate rhubarb into bread, cakes, sauces,  and several dishes.  The flavors of rhubarb vary in sweetness and depend upon the age of the stem. It is very easy to grow rhubarb and we are cultivating rhubarb since ancient times.

In this article, we will discuss how to plant, grow, harvest, and storing of rhubarb. We hope that this article will be very helpful for you and provide complete guidance about growing, planting, harvesting, and storing rhubarb.

1. Best Varieties For Growing Rhubarb At Home.

For growing rhubarb at home we recommend the following varieties which are very easy to grow and need less attention.

Canada RedCherry RedCrimson Red
Riverside GiantRaspberry Red’ AGMGiant Grooveless Crimson

2. Best season for Growing Rhubarb.

The rhubarb growing season lasts from early spring to late fall but our suggestion is that grow in autumn. Sow seeds in march or April in the pot and place the pot on an airy spot.

3. Best Soil For Growing Rhubarb.

The best soil for growing rhubarb is well-drained Loamy soils than sandy soils. Because loamy soil is more water-retentive and can provide more nutrients to the plant.

Soil pH is not important so we can use any garden soil whether it is acidic, neutral, or basic (“alkaline”). Any soil can support a good crop of rhubarb

4. Best spot.

For the best growth of rhubarb place a container or pot on a sunny or partial shaded spot because Rhubarb needs an open, sunny, or partially shaded site, and rich, moist soil for best growth. Rhubarb grows well in a sunny, open site so place it near the window of your kitchen or room.

5. Planting Of Rhubarb.

Grow Rhubarb From Crowns

Rhubarb is rarely grown from the seeds but mostly grown from crowns, Because growing from the crown is super easy just cut from divisions of the parent plant, and the pieces of roots have at least one dormant simply plant in the ground and take care properly it will grow in a new plant.

Grow Rhubarb From Seeds.

Buy rhubarb seeds from the market, supermarket, nursery, or superstore.  Sow  3 to 4 seeds 2.5 inches deep and 6 inches apart from each other. Take properly and water regularly your seed will be converted into a seedling after 2 to 3 weeks.

6. watering.

Water plays an important role in the growth of the plant. Water thoroughly at least one-inch depth every weak.  And water regularly during the long summer season in hot and dry conditions.

7. Mulching.

Mulching helps in the retaining of the soil so in spring mulch your rhubarb plant with well-rotted garden compost, coco peat, and compost in spring. So that your plant will show better growth and prepare your plant for fall.

8. Fertilizer.

Rhubarb are heavy feeders and require a large number of nutrients for proper growth. For fertilizing your plant you can use nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium-rich fertilizers or all-purpose fertilizer

As a source of organic fertilizer through egg shells, kitchen scrap, manure, and useless veggies in your pot or garden. They will provide nutrients after decomposing.

9. Pests And Diseases.

Rhubarb is rarely affected by pests and diseases, But your plant may be affected by pests, insects, and fungs. To avoid fungus spray fungicide on your plant, to avoid pests spray pesticides, and to avoid insects spray insecticides and take care properly your plant will show better growth.

Weeds are the biggest problem of rhubarb and also the biggest competitor. For controlling weeds you can control growth by hoeing or hand pulling if the level of the weed exceeds the maximum limit you can use weed killer for killing weeds.

10. Harvesting Of Rhubarb.

We suggest that harvest rhubarb stems when they are green or red. But for strong and healthy and bushy growth, don’t harvest rhubarb in the first year. And take off only a few stalks in the second year but when your plant is established and three or more years old then your rhubarb is ready to harvest

And you can harvest rhubarb from spring onwards when the stalks are longer enough – between 30-60cm, depending on the variety.  But keep in mind during the harvesting of rhubarb There is no need to use a knife, just simply pull and twist the stems off the plant, as it stimulates the growth of new stems.

Mostly rhubarb is ready to harvest from late winter to early spring, the stems will be shorter, but they are sweet.

11. Storing Of Rhubarb.

For storing rhubarb firstly Cut the rhubarb stalks and refrigerate them in a covered container. If you do have not a covered container then, tightly wrap stalks in plastic or aluminum foil and then refrigerate. You can place it in the refrigerator because in the refrigerator rhubarb can be kept fresh for a couple of weeks.

So place cut stems of rhubarb in a zip-type plastic bag, and put them in the freezer and your frozen rhubarb will last about a year. Rhubarb is most delicious when cooked after being freshly picked but we can also use frozen. rhubarb can be stewed or baked or served with custard or in a pie or crumble.

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