Growing Rhubarb: How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Rhubarb
Rhubarb. Pronounced Ru-barb, is a funny sounding name for a vegetable isn’t it?
Well, as funny as it may sound, it is a simple plant to grow. I wanted to begin growing it a few years ago because I heard of a Rhubarb Pie.
Once I knew there was a pie in my future, I got busy planting. Rhubarb is one of the few vegetables that is mostly served sweet.
However, as simple as rhubarb can be to grow, you still have the issue of planting in proper and well cared for soil.
Unsure if you have what it takes to grow the vegetable that can pass as a sweet treat? Follow along with me as I fill you in on all you need to know about growing rhubarb.
Growing Rhubarb – Plant Info
- Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Soil: Clay, loam, sandy, PH between 5.5 to 6.8, well-drained, rich in organic matter
- Sun Exposure: Full sun, 4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day
- Planting: In early spring when soil temperature reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit
- Spacing: 3 to 4 feet between plants and 5 to 6 feet between rows
- Depth: 1 to 2 inches
- Best Companions: Columbine, garlic, onion, beans, sweet pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, asparagus, strawberry, horseradish
- Worst Companions: Turnip, carrot, potato
- Watering: Regularly during dry weather, apply a layer of mulch to conserve soil moisture
- Fertilizing: Apply high-nitrogen fertilizer after the first spring frost
- Common Problems: Gray mold, crown rot, phytophthora leaf rot, slugs, tarnished plant bug, potato stem borer, rhubarb curculio beetle, anthracnose, botrytis, ascochyta leaf spot, ramularia leaf spot
- Harvest: 3 years after planting and after 8 to 10 weeks thereafter, when the stalks are 12 to 18 inches
Growing Rhubarb – Varieties
There are many different varieties of rhubarb to choose from. The biggest decision you’ll need to make when choosing a rhubarb variety is what color you want and how deep of the color you want in your harvest. Here are your rhubarb options:
1. Holstein Blood Red