Rhubarb is such an easy to grow first vegetable for a novice gardener. For optimum results, grow rhubarb from one year old plants or crowns.
How To Grow Your Own Rhubarb?
- You will need to choose a fertile, well-drained, somewhat shaded area
- Dig the soil up in autumn, working in lots of compost or well-rotted manure prior to planting. Rhubarb is not keen on being disturbed once established.
- Prior to planting, dig a hole a bit wider than the plant. The hole needs to be deep enough for the plant to be just at or just below soil surface.
- Firmly pat the surrounding soil. Water well.
- The spacing in between plants ought to be 30 inches for smaller varieties, and 48 inches for bigger varieties.
- Once the leaves have died down, you need to spread some new compost around the plant for water conservation and weed suppression.
- In early spring, dead-head any flowers that are visible when new rhubarb stalks appear.
What You Need to Grow Rhubarb
- Rhubarb plants or seeds
- Garden fork