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How to Plant Rhubarb Plants /Crowns / Roots

If you have rhubarb plants and you are looking for information on how to plant them in your garden, you have come to the right place!

Although it is possible to grow rhubarb from seed, rhubarb planting using root stock, or crowns, is the favoured method for growing rhubarb, especially in Northern climates.

How to Plant Rhubarb plants, crowns, roots in the garden.

The best time to plant rhubarb from root stock or crowns, (also referred to as "rhizomes"), is in early spring.

Once planted, it will thrive in the cooler spring temperatures and will really begin to grow once the soil temperature reaches above 40 ° F.

In Southern climates rhubarb plants do not thrive as well as in Northern climates, because it does not grow well in temperatures over 90° F.

In some tropical and sub-tropical areas however, it can be grown during the cooler season of those climates.

In the Northern climates, where rhubarb flourishes very well, it requires at least 4 - 8 hours of sunlight daily.

In the Southern climates, it is advisable to plant rhubarb where it will receive some afternoon shade. Rhubarb stalks will be more spindly in these climates.

See Also: Can Rhubarb Be Grown in the South?

Rhubarb grows well in almost any garden soil, although, like most plants, it does not like soggy soil. Ideally, the area where you are planning to plant rhubarb should have well-draining soil with compost or well-decayed manure worked into the soil.

The ideal pH level for growing rhubarb is about 5.5 to 6.5.

Many people ask if they can grow rhubarb plants in pots or containers on their patio or their balcony.

Although some people do have success growing rhubarb in this way, it is not a recommended method of rhubarb gardening.

To read more about planting rhubarb in pots,

GO to Container Gardening - Can Rhubarb be Grown in Containers? 

Instructions for How to Plant Rhubarb

In your prepared garden, dig a small hole where you plan to plant the rhubarb.

Add water to the hole.

Carefully remove the plant from the pot in which you have purchased it, and set it inside the hole. Be sure the soil of the potted plant is moist enough so that when you gently pull at the plant, the soil remains around the crown/roots like a "ball") 

Plant with the top bud about 5 cm (2") below soil level.

Fill in the area around the plant base with soil, while ensuring the plant is firmly set.

If you are planting more than one plant, space the plants about 75 cm. (30") each way.

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Careful planting of rhubarb will ensure a bountiful harvest of healthy rhubarb stalks.

Enjoy watching your rhubarb garden grow and grow -- and you don't have to replant or seed it every year!

A few years after you plant your first rhubarb plant, you will notice how quickly it "self propagates" and you will most likely have more rhubarb than you can use fresh.

Gardeners having too much rhubarb is a comment that I hear from time to time. Having too much rhubarb means you have lots to preserve for winter!

That's when you freeze it, or can or dry it! I prefer to freeze my extra rhubarb because freezing rhubarb is extremely quick and easy!

Here below, (or use the navigation bars) are helpful links to information about growing rhubarb in the home garden.



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