HOW TO GROW AND HARVEST RHUBARB – Most people think rhubarb is a fruit when in fact it is a vegetable. Rhubarb is not difficult to grow and is very tasty in pies, or making jam and lots of other things. The guide below shows you how to grow delicious rhubarb to enjoy anytime and also shows you how to harvest rhubarb correctly.
Rhubarb likes to grow in a shady area where the soil is slightly acidic – anything under a Soil PH Level of 5 is good, so do find the right area in your garden where the conditions are a just right.
Dig over the area well where you want to plant rhubarb and add some manure and builder’s sand for drainage. Add approximately 1 Part Sand for every 4 Parts Manure. This will provide the right soil consistency that is perfect for your rhubarb to grow.
Dig holes approximately 2″ deep and spread your seeds 10″ to 15″ apart. Rhubarb likes a lot of room so that when it grows it’s broad leaves can soak up the light – again, they don’t like direct sunlight but prefer a nice shady area. Too much sunlight will burn the leaves so make sure you do select the right area in your garden.
Add a top coating of manure and water lightly – Rhubarb likes to grow in a cool and fairly dry area, which is why it should be in the shade and the soil and manure is mixed with sand, to create better drainage.
The optimum time to harvest rhubarb is in late spring through to the end of summer.
DO NOT harvest young rhubarb, that is rhubarb that is in its first season. Wait until the second season and then harvest it during the periods above.
DO NOT harvest too much at one time from one plant. This will weaken the plant and it could die.
Select storks that are big and established and that are dark pink or maroon in colour.
DO NOT cut stalks with a knife. Grab the stalk with your hand as close to the ground as possible. Pull and twist upwards until the stalk snaps off in your hand.
Cut off the leaves and wash, then store in a dry place or cook.