Rhubarb!

ComedyPilot

Secret Lemonade Drinker
I almost bought some rhubarb, but then remembered a 'wild' patch growing a few miles from home. I might raid that instead.
 

Glow worm

Guru
Location
Near Newmarket
ASC1951 said:
I seem to have a real talent for growing rhubarb. It goes in an old raised bed, in about 4' of soil and I religiously heap a foot of compost on the crowns every February. I get leaves about 2' square and stalks 2" thick, from mid April to mid July.

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Ours is in flower- on huge, Triffid like stalks. I suspect I should cut these back- is that right? The rhubard's been in place about a year- last year it was hopeless- green and stringy, so hoping for better this time.
 

colly

Re member eR
Location
Leeds
I was given some rhubarb ready for planting a while back in a black plastic bag. Left at the side of the house and forgotten I came across it last weekend and the bag was fit to bust with the stalks growing up.

I'll harvest it today.:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
 

Mark_Robson

Senior Member
guitarpete247 said:
As a kid we used to go off over the fields with a bag of sugar. We knew where there was rhubarb groing wild on some old abandoned allotment site. The bag of sugar was to dip the rhubarb in to sweeten it.
We'd spend the days of summer out in the fields and woods eating rhubarb and any other soft fruit we could find.
Reading that has just allowed one of those forgotten about childhood memories to resurface. There were a bunch of us who did exactly the same when I was nine or ten, and until today I had totally forgotten about being out in the wild, with my mates, experiencing for the first time the pleasure of dipping wild rhubarb into a bag of sugar..........Happy days :biggrin:
 

ASC1951

Guru
Location
Yorkshire
Glow worm said:
Ours is in flower- on huge, Triffid like stalks. I suspect I should cut these back- is that right? The rhubard's been in place about a year- last year it was hopeless- green and stringy, so hoping for better this time.
My two plants are about 40 inches high but are just starting to fling up flower heads. You must cut those flower stalks off before they unfurl, otherwise the plant will switch off leaf production.

You aren't supposed to take any stalks off in the first year if you want a good crop thereafter. The other thing I find is that rhubarb is such a tough plant that you will get some crop even if you neglect it, but if you have it in full sun in deep soil and pile compost over it all winter you will get much much better results.

[If the plant starts putting up flower heads too early it's usually because it is too crowded.]
 

Glow worm

Guru
Location
Near Newmarket
ASC1951 said:
My two plants are about 40 inches high but are just starting to fling up flower heads. You must cut those flower stalks off before they unfurl, otherwise the plant will switch off leaf production.

You aren't supposed to take any stalks off in the first year if you want a good crop thereafter. The other thing I find is that rhubarb is such a tough plant that you will get some crop even if you neglect it, but if you have it in full sun in deep soil and pile compost over it all winter you will get much much better results.

[If the plant starts putting up flower heads too early it's usually because it is too crowded.]
Thanks for the advice-& I'll chop the flower stalks off- shame I rather like them! I'll give them a dose of Tomorite liquid food (thanks 20") - the strawberries love that so should be OK for rhubarb too hopefully.
 

Fnaar

Smutmaster General
Location
Thumberland
Another quick rhubarb tip (I love the stuff, and have some growing)... just boil lightly, add sugar to taste, and bung it on your cornflakes ;)

The raw rhubarb/bag of sugar thing brought back memories for me too... :tongue:
 

Twenty Inch

New Member
Location
Behind a desk
One of my rhubarb patches has been sorely neglected over the last few years and has gone to seed in a big way. We'll cut it back,feed it, and then divide the crown in autumn, a pal is after some. The other patch is doign nicely, thank you.
 

Glow worm

Guru
Location
Near Newmarket
Uncle Mort said:
A mulch of well rotted horse shite goes down well too - for rhubarb plants I mean!
Well I live close to the centre of world horse racing. In the centre of Newmarket- they don't have cycle paths, but horse paths ! And can I find anywhere selling or giving away horse shite? Can I heck! You'd have thought it would be a doddle.
 

garrilla

Senior Member
Location
Liverpool
ASC1951 said:
Yes, me. Then sweetened with Dark Muscovado Sugar, which gives it a slight licorice taste. Eat with yoghurt or full hit ice cream.
We also add the pif of an orange.

We first had ours about 5 weeks ago. At the end of feb I went and covered a couple patches with upside down black dustbins - I think you Yorkies call it 'blanching'? It makes it 'reach' quicker and grows sweeter. I'll remove the bins in a couple of weeks and let it summer au naturel.
 
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