Rhubarb Culture

 

 

 

 

RHUBARB CULTURE
NOTES

Ideally your set, (root) should be planted as soon as possible. If not planting immediately, remove your sets from their plastic bags, wrap in newspaper and store in a dry shed for up to 2 weeks only. If mould has appeared on the cut edge whilst in storage, gently brush off and rub with a hormone rooting powder which contains anti- fungicide.

Planting site
Select a well- drained area that has not cropped rhubarb in the last 6 years. Not too close to hedging and not water logged soil.

Preparation
Preferably compost or manure should be well dug in 4 weeks prior to planting. Compost should be well rotted or it will destroy your root. If in doubt don’t use and apply around the perimeter of the root / not directly on top in year 2.

Planting
Your set should be planted crown (top of the set where the buds are) uppermost into well dug earth
so that the crown is approx 2 inches (5cm) below
the soil surface. As the plant establishes itself make sure that the growing plant does not protrude too
far through the soil surface. Do not apply organic muck directly against your set. Do not be tempted
to harvest any sticks from the root in its first year, thus allowing root establishment. To do so would
be seriously weaken the root, particular Cawood Delight. Simply allow the sticks of rhubarb to rot
back in the autumn.

After care
Apply a multi compound feed such as ‘Grow More’ in Spring( year 1) to help aid root establishment.
Top dress with a high nitrogen feed such as Nitro-Chalk, Hoof and Horn or Dried Blood each spring (year 2 onwards) to increase yield. Spread organic compost around the perimeter of the root surface during dormancy if you produce organically.

Weed Control
A light covering of mulch or chopped bark around the surrounding area will help control weeds and help retain moisture. Chopped rhubarb leaf around the perimeter will help prevent weed growth.