I save vegetable peels, cores, bruised leaves, etc, and put them in a blender, and cover them with cold water and add a pinch of sugar. Blend to liquid and pour this over the base of the rhubarb plants several times a year. This is one of Jerry Baker's growing hints, and it works well for me. The second year I had big, juicy rhubarb stalks.
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I was able to buy the seeds at our local food coop but I'm sure they can be bought over the internet as well. My little seedlings are all in pots and are just starting to develop their first real stalks/leaves. I may leave them in pots until next year depending on how fast they grow. I don't know how to collect seeds from plants myself but hoping to learn about seed saving this year. Birgit
Someone gave me a couple of small plants a couple of years ago and I stuck them on a hill in my front garden and they have produced the last two years. Not big, thick stalks, but tasty just the same. I feed them whatever the rest of the plants get - fish emulsion or Miracle Grow once in a while.
Thanks to all for the advice. I have prepared the bed with plenty of chicken manure and sugar cane mulch. The bed is right in front of my chook pen. It won't get much morning sun but will get plenty in the afternoon. It will be sheltered by the big daisy that will be next to it. Fingers crossed that it survives!
I bought one small plant this year and it is doing great after being planted in May. I also seeded some rhubarb and now have a number of tiny plants. I think it will take two years until I can harvest anything from them (assuming I can find room for them )
I'm not sure how wintery it is where you are. If it was me and I could dig and prepare the soil I would put the rhubarb in the ground now. Winter perils of keeping rhizomes above ground include desication and fungi growth.
I got my first rhubarb rhizome today. It is winter here and I am not sure if I have to plant it now or in spring. Can anyone help me? I tried to grow it from a punnet last year that I planted in spring but it wasn't successful so I decided that I would grow it from rhizome instead. I am not sure if I plant it now or wait.PLEASE HELP!
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