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Rhubarb

Botanical Name
Rheum x cultorum
Hardiness
Zones 3 to 8
Height
2 to 3 feet
Width
3 to 4 feet
Flowers
Upright white spikes on stalks of up to 5 feet
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Moist, well-drained, organic
Planting & Care
  • Dig and divide existing plants, or plant dormant crowns with at least one strong bud 1 to 3 inches deep and 2 to 3 feet apart
  • Do not harvest newly planted rhubarb during the first year - allow plants to establish themselves
  • Remove flower stalks as they appear
Problems
Rhubarb curculio, fungal leaf spot
Varieties
  • Cherry Red - red both inside and outside the petiole (leafstalk)
  • Canada Red - sweet, thick stalks
  • Victoria - green petiole shaded with red

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