A nutritious perennial plant with stout edible stems in a brilliant ruby red that will grow all year round. The large leaves are beautiful but shouldn't be included on the menu as they contain high concentrations of oxalic acid which is poisonous. Can be grown in a vegetable bed or as an ornamental border. Plant in a sunny position or semi-shady spot.
Can be stewed for desserts where the brilliant red colour really performs. Perfect in pies, crumbles, fools and jams. Rhubarb goes very well with orange.
|Growth Height — 1|
|Fruiting Period — Autumn, Spring, Summer|
|Light Requirements — Full sun, Morning Sun, Part Shade|
|Soil Requirements — Well drained soil|
Plant in a rich well-drained soil. Prepare soil with well-rotted manure or complete fertilizer before planting. pH of 6 to 6.5 is preferred. Keep well-watered. Protect from extreme heat and damaging winds. Apply mulch in spring to conserve moisture in summer and increase fruit yield.
Rhubarb likes plenty of water.
Cut leaves and stems as needed. When harvesting cut stalks with a sharp knife at ground level, once the stalks become too thin then finish.