How to Grow Rhubarb

Rhubarb is easy to grow, and popular with gardeners for use in delicious rhubarb pies and other rhubarb recipes. Whether growing rhubarb from seed or seedlings, follow our easy tips.

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Grow Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a traditional garden favorite and a main ingredient in delicious summery pies and other desserts. Unlike most vegetables, it's a perennial, so it comes back every year.

  1. Plant rhubarb where it will get at least a half-day of sun. (A bonus with rhubarb is that it's an attractive plant. It fits nicely into a flower bed.)
  2. Rhubarb tolerates average soil, but does best in compost-rich soil.
  3. Start with a small plant, and you'll need to wait 2 years for harvest.
  4. When rhubarb sends up a flower stalk, remove it so the plant doesn't waste resources on it.
  5. Like most perennials, a mature clump of rhubarb can be split into two or three divisions. Large divisions often can be harvested the year after replanting.
  6. The stems, which are actually the leaf stalks, are the part used in cooking. Cut them off the base, and remove the leaf.
  7. They're best used fresh, but you can also chop and freeze them.
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