Interested in Growing Rhubarb?


You've come to the right place. Growing rhubarb is easy to do. Much like asparagus, rhubarb is not harvested until at least the year after it is planted. The plant will continue to get larger every year. If you like to eat rhubarb, waiting a year or two between planting and harvesting is definitely worth the wait. It's hard to beat the taste of fresh strawberry-rhubarb pie.

Growing Rhubarb Plant

Rhubarb is a perennial plant, meaning it will come back year after year on it's own. Once you have an established plant or two, very little maintenance is required. Most rhubarb plants have a 7-10 year life expectancy, although some plants will last even longer.

Rhubarb is usually grown in a traditional vegetable garden. Because of the large size of mature plants, it is generally not suitable for
container gardening.


Rhubarb plants love cold weather. They thrive in areas where the ground freezes in the winter time. The plants generally do not grow well in warm climates. They require well drained, fertile soil and mostly full sun to reach their full potential.

Rhubarb plants can reach 4-5 feet or more in diameter. Because of their size and longevity, careful consideration should be taken in choosing a suitable location for your rhubarb plants(s).

A unique feature of rhubarb plants is that the leaves themselves are toxic to humans. They contain high concentrations of oxalic acid. However, the leaves are easily cut from the edible stalks. After harvesting, rhubarb can be stewed, canned or frozen and made into sauces, jams, pies, cobblers, etc...



Click on the following links to learn about successfully growing rhubarb.

Rhubarb Stalks

Click here to learn about planting rhubarb

Click here for information about watering and fertilizing rhubarb plants

Click here to learn about harvesting rhubarb

Click here to learn about different rhubarb varieties

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