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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.