5x Rhubarb Rheum rhabarbarum - Bare rooted

Rheum rhabarbarum

5x Rhubarb Rheum rhabarbarum - Bare rooted

Rheum rhabarbarum
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A strong grower! You can harvest the rhubarb (Rheum rhabarum) three times a year. It's tasty at mealtimes or in a rhubarb cake. Plant the roots in your garden or in a pot on the patio. You will receive the rhubarb bare-rooted. This is more environmentally friendly than plastic nursery pots. The annual roots are shipped fresh from the ground. This boosts their strength and accelerates their growth. They flower better and they are more economical. Plant the rhubarb in the spring. The plants can be harvested in the third summer after being planted.
The plant grows best in full sun. Although it will also thrive in partial shade. The soil should be kept slightly damp. It's best to give them extra water during dry periods.
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5x Rhubarb Rheum rhabarbarum - Bare rooted
5x Rhubarb Rheum rhabarbarum - Bare rooted
5x Rhubarb Rheum rhabarbarum - Bare rooted
5x Rhubarb Rheum rhabarbarum - Bare rooted
Latin name: Rheum rhabarbarum
Delivery type: Supplied as bare-rooted plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: No
Self polinating: No
Edible: Yes
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No

Rhubarb grows in any well-drained, fertile, weed-free soil, but when the soil is extremely wet in winter, it is best to plant the rhubarb in ridges of soil. Prepare a large planting hole and loosen the soil, which can be improved with organic fertiliser. Place the rhubarb rhizomes carefully in the hole about 80 cm apart with the top of the plant just slightly below the surface of the soil. Fill the hole with soil, press gently and water well. Rhubarb grows best in full sunlight.

Pale Rhubarb

In England, growing rhubarb is very popular. When rhubarb is grown in the dark (called ‘forcing’) it has very pale pink stems. It can be grown in complete darkness, in dark sheds, at normal temperatures. You can even experiment with this growing method by covering the plant with a large pot turned upside down.


Rhubarb will need fertilising. In early spring (March), apply organic manure. Give extra water in dry periods. When the leaves begin to emerge cut back the flower heads which will stop it from bolting and going to seed. After the harvesting, repeat with the fertilising and after the leaves have died back cover with a layer of compost, the plant can then store strength for the following season.

Harvesting Rhubarb

Harvesting of the rhubarb leaf stalks can be done during April to June after one year's growth but best results usually occur from the third year. The stalks are ready for picking when the leaf has completely unfolded, twist the stalk gently and pull from the plant. Always leave at least three mature leaves on the plant so that it can store enough energy to generate new leaves. If you cut the stalks from the plant, there is more chance of developing rot and therefore the whole plant could be lost.


Rhubarb has been cultivated for many, many years. Around 5000 years ago, the Tibetans, Mongols and western China cultivated rhubarb for medicinal purposes. Whether it was brought to Western Europe by Marco Polo or to Russia by the Tartar and Huns it is not clear. It is only since the 17th century when rhubarb was introduced as a vegetable by John Gerard a botanist at the British court, when he found that the thick stalks were excellent for eating. Previously rhubarb had only been used as a medicine.


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