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Growing rhubarb
Mon 18-Jan-10
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danast
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Can someone tell me when it is you split rhubarb plants.  I don't have any and would love to get some.   I seem to remember somebody saying you waited for the plant to be frosted, but I may be rambling.  Anyone help? 

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Mon 18-Jan-10
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Danast, there are probably loads of websites, but I found this one:

http://www.gardenaction.co.uk/fruit_veg_diary/frui.....hubarb.asp

but you'll probably find a lot of tips will come in soon - I haven't had much luck with rhubarb.

The shame is that I love it - and now it seems it is quite expensive to buy a measly 3 stalks in the supermarket - how far would that go in the family?

(That's my rant done for the day)  Laugh

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Mon 18-Jan-10
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I love it too.  Thanks  Wine   Rose

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Mon 18-Jan-10
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Just had a look at your site Brightspark.  It says the best time to plant is December  - Oops!!!

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Mon 18-Jan-10
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Well, if you'd done that - it would probably be frozen after all that snow!!!!

Maybe it isn't too late, though. Wink

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Tue 19-Jan-10
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I needed to move some a few (20?) years ago. I don't remember when, except that it was supposed to be the worst possible time of year. I gave some to a neighbour and it grew so well they could harvest some the first season, when you are supposed to have to let it rest a year after splitting it, replanted some and eventually brought it with me to my current garden, and moved it again last year since it was in the way. I hope it survived all the frost, I am sure it survived the move. So, best time to split rhubarb is when you need to or can!

(Same as the best time to prune is when you notice it needs doing and have your secateurs/pruning shears in your hand.)

Tue 19-Jan-10
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Thanks Barbara, now all I have to do is remember who it was who said they would give me some!!

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Tue 19-Jan-10
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Hope you get the rhubarb soon, Danast. I just looked, and mine is already growing up through the layer of manure I threw at it in late autumn when it looked a bit pathetic.

Wed 20-Jan-10
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I would split in Spring and work on the assumption that it won't be much good for a year or two anyway. Theyhave enough roots to take a chunk off whenever it is convenient anyway, surely!Wink

Wed 20-Jan-10
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I've got a crown that is thriving that was given to me by a neighbouring allotment holder because it wouldn't grow on his plot - it had been sat by his compost bin for over 2 months by the time he offered it to me, and its fine.  That was 2 years ago.  Tough stuff, rhubarb.

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Someone gave me a root of rhubarb today.  I know I am late planting it but will give it a go this weekend if the ground is soft enough to dig.  Don't know what kind it is but I don't really care.  I'm just hoping it will survive.

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Tue 2-Mar-10
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My dad has always grown alot of rhubarb, I had some from him a few years ago and have moved it twice when moving house. Couldn't tell you what time of year exactky but it just keeps on growing

I'd agree with  elrohana that it's "tough stuff"

Mon 15-Mar-10
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I had the first rhubarb of the year from my garden today. Two or three weeks ago I put a large plastic pot over some of the emerging rhubarb to enourage it, and today there was enough to harvest. Smile

It was delicious!

Mon 15-Mar-10
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I've put a tub over mine too and it is sprouting now.  I've also planted two other varieties but I shall not pick any of them if they grow this year - that's right isn't it with new plants?

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Tue 16-Mar-10
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Conventional wisdom says don't harvest in the first year, and go carefully for the next year or two. Some rhubarb "takes" really quickly, so if it is growing really strongly and has lots of shoots, I might risk taking a stalk or two. (Probably couldn't resist!) But I wouldn't take the only stalk from a crown, or even one of two. I'd also pull them very carefully, so as not to loosen the crown in the soil.

I hope it does well!

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