Look at those big, impressive, green flower spikes that your rhubarb will soon, if not already, be sending up. They look ace, but totally unhelpful if you wish to keep your plants productive.
We eat the stalks. Not the leaves (toxic. yuk), and not the fluffy flowers. Soon as the plant flowers, it will go into another phase of toughening up the stems and leaves and preparing to be pollinated to produce seed.
That must not happen.
Cut those flowers stalks off, as low as possible. Compost or trench them.
Now your rhubarb can calm down and get back to producing tasty useful red delicious stalks again.
Our rhubarb mothership just keeps on giving – every season, whatever the weather – it is an engine of tasty goodness. Be aware that many rhubarbs can slow down growth quite a bit during winter, but for some reason, ours refuses – not that we are complaining.
🌿TOP TIPS for starting your first rhubarb
➡️Rhubarb is highly recommended in the Level Zero garden – doesn’t need a lot of attention besides regular harvesting -YUM- and some extra water in hot weather, BUT OUR BEST ADVISE is to trade or purchase from someone who has a mature proven performer, or seek out a heritage variety that is known to produce well. Many regular nursery stocks have been grown from seed and may not be robust or tasty.
➡️As with our other Level Zero parmanent (perennial) plantings, the best first step is to trench the bed well to get as much food in there as possible for the plant to munch on through those five years – sure there will be chances to add things, but it is a good first step, whether in a garden bed or a pot, to give it the best start possible.
➡️Rhubarb blooms in summer, but as soon as the green flower spike goes up, production of the tasty stalks drops off, so it is best to break that central flower spike at the bottom and remove to extend your harvest.
➡️Most folks are familiar with the sweet ways to cook rhubarb – jams, deserts and even wine, but without the sugar, rhubarb is also great in meat dishes and targines. Give it a try, you’ll be adding another taste sensation to your toolkit 😉
Look wide; grow well, folks 🌿