I've got a big, lovely rhubarb plant in my yard which I'd hope to be able to harvest a few different times over the course of a summer. How should I harvest my rhubarb to encourage it to regrow quickly? Should I cut it off near the base, pull it up from the root, or something else? Should I harvest it all at once, or should I leave some of the stalks in place?
I usually just "snap" off the stalks - a sharp yank on a shaft straight down is usually enough to free it.
I typically only harvest the stalks that are above a certain size. Though some folks just take all at once. Rhubarb is pretty hardy - it will likely suffer through much punishment.
I watched a video on this precise question because my neighbour invited me to take rhubarb from her plant, and I wanted to make sure I did it in a way that wouldn't affect her plant.
How to Harvest Rhubarb - Tom Cole, Capel Manor College, London
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