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.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.
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 daysguitarpete247 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.
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.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.
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.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.]
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.Uncle Mort said:A mulch of well rotted horse shite goes down well too - for rhubarb plants I mean!
We also add the pif of an orange.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.