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October 27, 2009

Time to Divide or Move Rhubarb

Filed under: fruit — Tags: , , , — TopVeg @ 2:06 pm

The time to divide or move rhubarb is in the autumn or spring.

rhubarb-patch-oct27

rhubarb-patch-oct27

rhubarb-bed-autumn

rhubarb-bed-autumn

  • dig up the crowns (the fleshy rhizomes and buds)
rhubarb-crown

rhubarb-crown

  • discard old or damaged parts of the crown
  • use healthy bits of crown with 2-3 good buds on them
rhizomes-&-buds

rhizomes-&-buds

  • prepare the ground with plenty of well rotted farmyard manure or compost ( rhubarb is very greedy)
  • mulch the rhubarb crowns once planted
  • be gentle with the young rhubarb plants in the first year, better not to force them, or to pull too many stalks
  • therefore best to lift & divide a small section of the rhubarb bed each year, so there are always some older plants to force and use.
rhubarb-in-March

rhubarb-in-March

This book from Amazon has some good rhubarb recipes!

Now is a good time to divide or move rhubarb, but if time is short, spring will do.

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