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Rhubarb harvest?

Discussion in 'The Homestead' started by tommy the cat, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. tommy the cat

    tommy the cat Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I divided a Rhubarb up in the late winter and each eye has done really well, in fact better than the mother plant.
    My question is I I have read about not taking off the plant first season a bit second season etc but I'm not sure if this refers to divided plants???
    Your enlightenment is much appreciated ☺ d

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    My understanding is that (as you've said) you leave all the plants alone at least for one season. I guess picking the stems stimulates regrowth which in turn places a strain on the newly formed plant...I may be wrong


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  3. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    This years growth is based on last years stored energy. Given that each plant has had its roots disturbed and damaged, they are much better left alone for a year.
     
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    Leave them for a year. If you can give them a feed/mulch of something really low release, wool scrags are the traditional feed, it will help.

    I too divided some of my rhubarb this year. I didn't do it all so I could have a harvest. I will be doing the rest this coming winter, and I can harvest the stuff I divided last winter next spring.

    I also take the approach of not harvesting past about june/july time. So the plant can focus it's energy in storing enough to get through the coming winter. I do tend to get my first harvest in sometime around February tho.

    Which variety do you have?

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  5. tommy the cat

    tommy the cat Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Err not sure what variety they were here when we moved in.

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  6. tommy the cat

    tommy the cat Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    So that's rhubarb crumble off the menu then...

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    If the plant is doing well pulling a few stalks won't do it any harm surely.

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  8. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    I have pounds of the stuff Dave - you come get it, we can keep you in crumble (24 heads of rhubarb will do that though!)
     
  9. tommy the cat

    tommy the cat Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Thanks BR I think alas it may be too far to drive for a pudding?!
    Bowland er the plants look great.
    The one the stalks are quit thin but the others are thriving.

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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    You clearly don't love puddings as much as me :)
     

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