When to Plant Rhubarb

Last Updated on 19/02/2021 by Amber Williams

Perfect for beginners, Rhubarb is a brilliant crop as it is so easy to grow and maintain. Both hardy and attractive, this crop is a versatile addition to your early spring/mid-summer garden.

If you’ve bought some Rhubarb and you’re not too sure when, how or where to plant it, use this easy-to-follow guide as a reference for fuss-free gardening tips.

When to Plant Rhubarb

Rhubarb is an incredible hardy crop. It can be grown in various months throughout the year. If you prefer an early growth, you can ‘force’ your crowns to grow by covering with large pots.

To force, plant and cover in December to February. Otherwise, Rhubarb should be planted in Spring or Autumn when the soil is slightly warmer.

How to Plant Rhubarb

To force rhubarb, you can cover the crown of the plant with pots to cut off sun exposure. When the stems reach the top of the pot, is time to pick.

For regular planting, position your crowns in a sunny or partially shaded area. Plant in rich and moist soil, prepared with plenty of manure and compost. Section 90cm apart for best results.

Where to Plant Your Rhubarb

Rhubarb can be planted in pots, but it will achieve best results when planted in vegetable patches with plenty of space. The area must reach plenty of sunlight throughout the season.

When growing rhubarb, it’s important to know that you should not be ingesting or using the leaves in any recipes. They are highly toxic and should be disposed of in a compost heap after harvesting. However, the stems are the star of the show and can be used in plenty of recipes for wowing family and friends.

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2 thoughts on “When to Plant Rhubarb”

  1. You say ‘To force rhubarb, you can cover the crown of the plant with pots to cut off sun exposure. When the stems reach the top of the pot, is time to plant.’ but where is the crown when it’s under the pot? Is it just lying on the soil? Sorry if I’m a bit thick (unlike the stems of my old rhubarb!!).

    1. Hi Brian,

      That’s a great question! What you want to do is pot up your rhubarb crown and then place a pot over it so it stays nice and warm. The warmer the it is, the faster it will grow. Some say the best temperatures for growth are around 18-20 Celsius. Keep the soil in the pot moist, but not sopping wet. Once the rhubarb reaches the top of the pot, it’s ready to harvest. I hope that helps!

      – Amber

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