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Questions tagged [rhubarb]

Herbaceous perennials, *Rheum x hybridum* grown for their fruity but acidic leaf stalks.

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What's the most effective way to harvest rhubarb?

I've got a big, lovely rhubarb plant in my yard which I'd hoped 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 ...
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How do I grow rhubarb in hot weather

I live in South Carolina (37 C or 100 F everyday in July), but I love Rhubarb. I planted 4 rhubarb plants in the shade on the north side of my house. 3/4 have died and the last is struggling. They get ...
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“Forcing rhubarb” - what does that mean?

In the question Forcing rhubarb - alternatives to fancy forcing jars?, the poster is asking how to "force rhubarb". What does that mean? The house we bought has a rhubarb plant in the yard, but I ...
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Forcing rhubarb - alternatives to fancy forcing jars?

Gardening guides, when discussing rhubarb, will always illustrate their advice with a picture of some fancy forcing jars, or else reclaimed old-fashioned chimney pots, which look great and add ...
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How do I treat rhubarb rust?

I have a small rhubarb plant and one of the stems has gotten some rust on it. What should I do? (there are only 3 small stems on the plant)
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Is there a correct moment to start forcing rhubarb?

So some of my rhubarb is just starting to show signs of life. A vivid yellow-green-red bud is starting to burst from the old brown husk. I'm planning to force some of the crop. Is now the right moment ...
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I noticed spots being eaten from my rhubarb,what should I plant to prevent them from being eaten?

What is the organic way to prevent rhubarb leaves from having holes eaten from them?
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Should I grind up rhubarb root to make it multiply?

What is the best way to make a rhubarb plant multiply so you can get about a 2 foot area of rhubarb?
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Can I plant rhubarb roots in mid July, in Michigan?

I am new to growing rhubarb. I live in Michigan and it is mid July. I found some clearance rhubarb roots and decided to give them a try. Can I plant them now, so they will come up next year? Also can ...
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Will rhubarb grow well with ginger in MN?

I recently planted some rhubarb in the middle of my yard, and am considering putting ginger with it. I was wondering if: ginger would grow well mixed in with the rhubarb? will it keep the grass at ...
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Is there signs to watch for when it comes to watering rhubarb?

I was waling around the yard when it was 100 degrees out, and saw the rhubarb leaves wilting. Is this a sign I should probably water them? They did perk up after I turned the hose on them slowly.
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Is early June too late to transplant Rhubarb in USDA Zone 5?

Last year, I foolishly planted a rhubarb plant (zone 5) behind a Horseradish and a raised bed. It's getting shaded out. Is it too late to dig it up and put it in a sunnier spot? I've no expectation ...
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Why do people say rhubarb flowers, when I've never seen it flower for me?

I have a lot of family that has the same cultivar of rhubarb, but it never seems to flower (from the same mother plant that we split the roots apart over 30+ years). Why do people say that it flowers,...
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some of my rhubarb leaves are turning yellow, should I pick the larger leaves, and leave the smaller ones alone?

I have several clusters of rhubarb stalks very close to each other, and the larger leaves are killing (yellow, but strong) the leaves on the smaller stalks. Should I pick some of the larger stalks so ...
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Will yellow undergrowth rhubarb leaves turn green?

My rhubarb colony has a couple yellow leaves, but everything on the surface prior to picking was green. Will the yellow leaves turn green?
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Should I pick the rhubarb that was attacked by the lawnmower?

Will a rhubarb stalk that got attacked by the lawnmower heal itself, or is it better to pick it, and feed it to the animals?