I have a friend that has a rhubarb plant that was in the same place for at least 13 years, and she wants me to split it for her (because she's blind). What am I expecting from such an old plant, because there seems to be no information online about older plants?

She's paying me in extra root cuttings from digging up the plant.


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It will be a job to split. The root gets "woody" with age.

You might need an axe or mattock to get the root mass sectioned.

If it's already leafed out (seems likely) you're a bit late for this year, and you'll have to be extra-careful about breaking leaves/stalks. Or wait for next year.

renewing rhubarb

  • I don't split to big pieces, I split it to root segments (2-3 inches), since I'm trying to get a field of plants growing (500+/-) for sales purposes. Commented May 20, 2022 at 2:46
  • Each piece needs at least one bud (or leaf, if it's too late for those to be buds.)
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented May 20, 2022 at 12:31
  • I disagree: youtube.com/watch?v=uFXOga3xy0o Commented May 20, 2022 at 14:44

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