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Thread: Rhubarb questions

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    Only thing I do for my rhubarb is water and occasional fertilizer. I usually get at least three pickings between June and the end of September. I compost the leaves, the only thing we never did growing up was to give the leaves to the chickens like we did with everything else.

    I make Strawberry Rhubarb jam. My dad used to make wine with it which is really good.

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    Just thought I'd let you know I have a plant in my yard and it has grown just fine. I leave in Seal Beach.

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    Strawberry/rhubarb jam, that is the thing.

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    A shovel full of well-rotted cow manure early in the spring around your rhubarb plant will make it grow like CRAZY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I guess I just have to different, I always cut my stalks leaving about an inch above the ground. I have been doing it that way for the last 40 some years and haven't killed my plants yet. My Ruby Red always comes on first in the spring. I do remove the seed heads to extend the cutting season.
    i love growing rhubarb, love letting it bloom...that flower stalk is gorgeous. have been collecting rhubarb recipes for decades. do NOT like rhubarb pie. but that is the ONLY thing i don't like in the world of rhubarb recipes.

    i have read in garden books and told by old time gardeners that a young plant will do better & develope a stronger root bulb if just left to grow for the first couple of years, but i can never wait that long.

    i pull and twist to harvest stalks, if it works great if not i cut below ground like harvesting asperagas. i also have read not to compost the leaves, but do, have not had any problems using the resultant mulch. i know they are toxic. but, whatever...doesn't seem to bother the worms.

    have fun, enjoy - lucky you
    the rogue quilter - in from wandering in the sun and snow with camera in hand.

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