Rhubarb is one of those misunderstood plants in the garden. Sometimes people just don’t want to give it a chance! But try growing some this spring–you’ll be rewarded with years of delicious treats. It’s a perennial–-and likes cooler climates, so even those of you in the northern part of the country can enjoy it’s tart flavor.
You can see by this picture that it looks sort of alien coming out of the ground, and then it grows HUGE leaves that are a gorgeous addition to any garden bed. If you don’t have a veggie bed, this is a plant that will fit right in with your perennial flowers.
How to grow:
1. Purchase a rhubarb plant (or crowns or divisions) in early spring. (We have some in the store now). You can plant rhubarb as soon as the ground can be worked. In mild climates, you can plant rhubarb in the fall.
2. Rhubarb should be placed in a fertile, well drained spot that you don’t need to disturb for decades. Yes, decades! It’ll last you for a long, long time. Be sure to work in plenty of organic compost when you pick that perfect spot. You will get more stalks in full sun, but rhubarb can grow in part shade, too.
3. You can usually start harvesting the 2nd year of growth. Don’t eat the leaves–they can be toxic. You will simply cut down however many stalks you need, and use them in your favorite recipes.
Rhubarb appreciates a top dressing of compost once a year, and then it’s pretty care-free.
Try it, you'll like it!