Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Frost Sensitive – Will Get Damaged and Possibly Killed During Periods of Frost.
Moderate Watering – Requires Regular Watering.
Pruning Required – Needs to be Pruned.
Non Indigenous – Exotic to South Africa.
Plant in a bed where it can grow undisturbed for at least three to four years. Transplant well-established seedlings into rows 750mm apart.
Feed with well-rotted manure and general fertilizer in early spring.To encourage leaf growth, remove flowering stems as they appear.Water regularly.
Well drained , Enriched
The stalks are stewed with sugar and used in desserts and pies.
|Interesting planting ideas|
Rhubarb can also be established by dividing mature crowns during winter.Plant crowns with about 50mm of soil covering them.
After picking, cut the leaves from the stalks and safely dispose of the leaves, as they contain oxalic acid, which is poisonous.
|Common pests and diseases|
Aphids. Crown rot in warm and humid weather conditions.
‘Victoria’ is the only variety available in local seed catalogues.
Pluck the outside stalks from large plants with a sideways and downwards action to pull them away cleanly from the crown.
Ten plants should yield enough stalks for a family of four.
A perennial that is usually grown in the vegetable garden. Plant in a bed where it can grow undisturbed for at least three to four years. leaf stalks are longer if grown in semi-shade. Plants require rich, well-drained soil and cool winters. The leaf stalks are the edible part; always discard the actual leaf, as it is toxic. The stalks are stewed with sugar and used in desserts and pies.
Synonym: Rheum rhaphonticum
Botanical Pronunciation: REE-um ra-BAR-buh-rum
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Requires moderate maintenance.