Planting Rhubarb: How To Grow Rhubarb
Growing Rhubarb From Seed
The most common way to plant rhubarb is with seeds. You can buy or make your own rhubarb seeds. There are several ways to do it. Some people prefer using dried seed, while others like to use fresh ones. When you want to start planting rhubarb seeds, you need to have a few things ready first.
First of all, you need to have some soil that’s well drained. If not, then the plants won’t get enough water. Secondly, you need to have a container large enough so that when you’re planting the seeds into it, they’ll spread out evenly. Finally, you need to have something else that will keep track of what kind of seedlings come up from which pot and where they go. That’s why I suggest buying or making your own rhubarb seeds!
If you don’t want to spend money on them, there are other methods of growing rhubarb. One method is to cut off a piece of the stem and place it in a glass jar filled with water. Let it sit for three days and then drain out the liquid. Then put the root ball back into its original pot and let it continue growing until you’ve reached the desired size. Another way is to take some leafy stem, cut it into several pieces and plant those pieces.
Then put the container somewhere where the sun shines, but not direct sunlight. These are just a few ways on how to grow rhubarb from seeds.
How To Grow Rhubarb In Pots
When growing rhubarb in pots, it’s always best to start with a large container. You can buy a large planter at any home and garden center. The container needs to be at least 12 inches deep and wide so that the roots have plenty of room to grow. If you don’t want to buy a large planter, you can also use a clean garbage can or something similar. Whether you decide to buy one or not, you’ll need to clean up the pot.
You’ll need to remove the soil and then scrub it out with warm water and soap. This gets rid of any chemicals that might be left over from its previous life.
Once your container is clean and dry, you can fill it with fresh, sterile potting mix. Some people like to add some fertilizer to the soil or even vermiculite. These aren’t necessary, but they can help your rhubarb grow a little faster. After you fill the container with soil, you can now plant your seeds! If you’re planting your seeds, scatter them on top of the soil.
You can plant them as close as two inches apart. Once you’ve scattered the seeds, gently push the soil around them so they are covered. You can also plant them in starter plugs to hasten their growth or you can plant them using seedlings. Whichever you prefer! Just remember that once you plant your seeds or seedlings, you need to place the pot in a sunny location. If it isn’t getting enough sun, it won’t grow!
The best time of year to start rhubarb from seed is in the spring. In fact, rhubarb planted in the spring will be ready for harvest in the fall. If you’re planting your seeds in the spring, then you need to keep the seedlings moist and shaded until they survive their transplantation. Of course, if you’re starting your seeds in cells or buying seedlings, then these steps aren’t necessary. It’s also a good idea to mulch around the container so that the soil stays cool and moist.
Once your container is planted, you’re going to want to place it somewhere that has full sun. Whether it’s on your porch, in your yard or in your garden, just make sure the rhubarb is getting enough sun. If you can see the container, be sure to surround it with a wire mesh to keep rabbits and other garden pests out!
Water your container every week or so. If the soil seems really dry, you might need to water it more often. Make sure not to over or underwater your container. It can rot the roots, which will kill the plant. If you’ve planted in starter plugs then you can just place one plug per pot so that its roots are confined or you can leave them in the plug and put several in each container.
Harvesting rhubarb is pretty easy! You just need to make sure the stalk is soft and free of any leaves. Cut the stalk off as close to the base as possible. After you harvest all of the stalks, you can cut off the leaves and compost them. The stalks can be used in a variety of different recipes, but most commonly they’re used in deserts, drinks and even pies.
Now that you know how to grow rhubarb, you won’t ever have to worry about going without it! Even if you have a short growing season, rhubarb can still thrive with the right care. Now go pick your stalk and enjoy this delicious, natural food!
Sources & references used in this article:
Rhubarb: The wondrous drug by CM Foust – 2014 – books.google.com
Antioxidant activity of stem and root extracts of Rhubarb (Rheum ribes): An edible medicinal plant by M Öztürk, F Aydoğmuş-Öztürk, ME Duru, G Topçu – Food chemistry, 2007 – Elsevier
Rheum palaestinum (desert rhubarb), a self-irrigating desert plant by S Lev-Yadun, G Katzir, G Neeman – Naturwissenschaften, 2009 – Springer