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Rhubarb Companion Gardening

What Garden Companions
to Grow with Rhubarb


Looking for Rhubarb Companion Gardening ideas?

My experience with growing rhubarb is that it grows very well alongside almost any garden vegetables and flowers, but there are a few points to consider in this regard.

Here are a tips suggesting a few plants that should not be planted near rhubarb, and several suggestions of plants that are favourable/helpful to grow alongside rhubarb in the home garden.

Gardening with Plant Companions is a great concept, by which, with careful planning, you can "help plants help each other" by choosing which garden companions to grow together.

In some cases this method of planting can help attract "helpful" bugs or repel "harmful" bugs.

In other instances particular types of plants may be planted to assist other plants by the natural addition of nutrients into the soil.

There are claims that companion planting helps to improve plant growth, plant health, and food flavour. Even planting certain larger leaf plants, (for example, rhubarb), can assist other, more sun sensitive plants by providing shelter from the sun.

Members of the Brassica family such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower are also good companions for rhubarb, but rhubarb really does not require specific garden companions. In fact, our rhubarb garden is just that...a rhubarb garden, with no other vegetables or other plants, and it thrives amazingly!

One visitor to Rhubarb Central.com offers this advice: "Whilst rhubarb doesn't really need companion plants, strawberries are in fact a fantastic companion plant for rhubarb and the relationship is very much reciprocal." Thanks for the tip Taya!







Some gardeners claim that rhubarb should not be planted near legumes, because legumes may attract the tarnished plant bug, which can become a rhubarb pest.

One weed, which does adversely affect rhubarb is Dock Weed Plants.

Dock Weeds, (see the pictures below), are perennial weeds and a member of the Buckwheat Family growing 0.8 to 1.5 metres tall.

These weeds have a deep penetrating yellow taproot; dark green leaves that are wavy and crisp along the margins.

Dock Weeds turn a rusty-red colour when mature.

These weeds attract a bug called the "Rhubarb Curculio", a yellowish beetle that bores into rhubarb stalks.


Clear Jelly Like Substance on Rhubarb Curculio BeetleClear Jelly Like Substance caused by the Rhubarb Curculio Beetle

If you find a jelly-like, clear substance (see image above) on your rhubarb stalks, you most likely have had this pest visit your rhubarb patch. For more information about this rhubarb pest,

GO to  Rhubarb Pests - Rhubarb Curculio


Picture of Curly Dock Weed

Picture of Broadleaf Dock Weed

Picture of Rhubarb Curculio BeetleRhubarb Curculio Beetle - Photo: Illinois Fruit & Vegetable News

Some sources claim that rhubarb plants protect beans, peas, and other legumes against the black fly, and deters spider mites from columbine flowers. I personally have not had the opportunity to test these theories.


Interested in more ideas and tips for companion gardening,

GO to  Companion Garden Plant Ideas


Below are helpful books with information about Companion Gardening which can be purchased online at *Amazon.com.

Click on the images below for additional product information and customer product reviews.





  If you have experience with rhubarb garden companions, please let me know via the contact me form, so that I can inform other readers of your experiences. Thanks!




Below are links to pages within this site (or use the navigation bars) with helpful information for all you need to know about growing rhubarb in the home garden!

GROWING Rhubarb

FORCING Rhubarb

Rhubarb VARIETIES

ORNAMENTAL Rhubarb

PLANTING Rhubarb

TRANSPLANTING Rhubarb
(Propagating / Dividing Plants)

HARVESTING Rhubarb

Rhubarb PLANT CARE

Rhubarb SEEDS

Rhubarb FLOWERS

Rhubarb LEAVES

Rhubarb PESTS

Rhubarb DISEASES

ORGANIC Rhubarb

LINKS RELATED TO RHUBARB GARDENING

NATURAL PESTICIDE RECIPES and Information

EASIEST Vegetable to GROW

WEED CONTROL Tips

WHERE to Grow Rhubarb

How to GET RID OF SLUGS

ONTAINER GARDENING - Can Rhubarb be Grown in Containers/Pots?

Yorkshire FORCED RHUBARB




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