It depends how cold it has been in your area but yes, I would expect your rhubarb to have sprouted by now. I did read somewhere that if your soil pH is low a red rhubarb variety will be likely to produce green stems. Will it grow back? Thanks so much! Your rhubarb stalks won’t be poisonous but it is generally accepted that you finish harvesting by the end of June to give the plants a chance to store energy for next year’s crop. Hi Nicole Thanks for getting in touch. That’s odd although if it turned out to be a different variety that wouldn’t be the first time a plant was labelled incorrectly. Andrew. Last year the stalks were very thin yet nice and red. November – December is perfect. Provided the tub has drainage your rhubarb plant will be fine over Winter. I hope this helps. I don’t want to lose it; the house is sold and I can’t get another plant. I did add Manure to the site prior to planting, but reading your blog I have clearly planted them too close together! As per following reply I think sauce will be fine. I hope it all goes well for you, I would be inclined to harvest very few (if any) stalks from your plant for this year to give it a chance to get established well. I’ll be trying your suggestions come Autumn – I take it you mean when the plants have stopped cropping for the season? What can cause this wilting and dying off of the leaves and stalks and how can I prevent it happening again this year? I’ve not harvested at all. Rhubarb needs to planted in full sun but will tolerate partial shade in a warm garden. Thank you for your question. Keep it well watered for the week or two after planting if the weather is dry. Need to ask a question. Hi Nicola. Planting on raised beds ensures against rotting of the crown. In general you do not want your rhubarb to go to seed as it takes energy from the root, I would remove any seed heads that appear. Rhubarb can also be planted in very large pots at least 50cm (20in) deep and wide. Cheers What weed killer did you use. Yes, you can remove the stalks and leaves as they die back. Push you finger into the the soil around the plant to check for moisture below the surface, if the soil is damp enough for particles to stick to your finger it is fine. Yes, I would leave the plant until next year as it will produce much better now it’s roots have had a year of growth, it’ll be worth it in the long run! How to Grow Vegetables might be as easy as vegetable plants going to seed this year.Next year the volunteer vegetables are harvested from the back yard! The crowns are so small they can’t be divided. Flowering stalks shoud be removed so more growth goes into the roots. Thank you for getting in touch and apologies for the late reply. They have both thrived well, and now I have 3 or 4 crowns in each bed and crop very well each year. Does a hotsauce with added water sprayed on my rhubarb leaves do any harm to the rhubarb> I applied some of the water and the holes in the leaves were gone. I hope this helps. The plant is in full sun with bushes and a beech tree behind it, in soil rich with leaf humus that wasn’t used for years. I haven’t heard of this happening before and must look it up, I’d be interested to hear how your plants get on. I need to spread them out and need to know when to do it. The best time to put them in is late Autumn to early Winter. Andrew. Add around the crowns to in a circle of 1 meter diameter but keep leave about 10 cm clear around the rhubarb crown as manure piled against them can lead to rot. Crown rot is one of the few problems to effect rhubarb, and poorly draining soils will encourage crown rot. However in both years the leaves started turning yellow laying flat and dying off in May. Andrew, hi just finished pulling the last of the rhubarb off. mine always die from rot. Am I right in literally just leaving it to die off as it is, not cutting or pulling anything off at all? Hi, I planted three rhubarb plants (potted not crowns) last year and did not harvest them for that year. My rhubarb plants are about 15 years old and produce a small amount of stalks that are either very short or very thin every year. I’ve tried manure, overwatering, understanding and the plants sort of pick up then same problem. That’s why great raised gardens always have one dimension of 4ft or less. I am afraid of there is no sign of your rhubarb crowns this year at this stage it would seem the plant has died. I’ve had my rhubarb plant for almost a year, it’s in a very large pot and has produced some lovely stems! However, lack of use over the years caused the plant to be a mass of thin, stringy stalks. What would you suggest? Andrew. Well draining soil is also essential for growing rhubarb. I would harvest rhubarb now when the shoots are at their most tender. I understand don’t crop the first year but do I just leave it and will it die off or cut the leaves. What do I do with all of the good looking rhubarb remaining? I stepped on the biggest flower head (it looked like the biggest pimple). It is also thought that removing the complete stalk (by twisting and pulling) encourages the plant to produce more than if they are cut. I’ve never grown rhubarb and have heard that, as well as they are very hardy and can survive almost anything. Using a raised bed for growing vegetables allows you to control the soil quality and prevent it from becoming compacted. Rhubarb, a cool weather crop likes areas that gets a good frost and a cold winter. I have never tried this personally but if you try it let us know if it worked. The plant will need all its foliage to do this so control yourself and leave it alone. However, now that we are into July, I will not be harvesting again. Whatever it is it’s eating my lobelia, delphiniums and marigolds. Has it been planted in open ground or in a pot? can you guide me with regard to purchasing some crowns online. My neighbour has a large beautiful ruby red rhubarb plant that she has never used or maintained so it has grown wild for many years. Choose a site that is well-drained, fertile, and preferably in full sunlight. Planting Rhubarb . Yes, it is true that you should not cut rhubarb. Your rhubarb plant will probably recover but don’t pick any more stems for the rest of the season. Set the plant into a hole that is 1-3 inches (2.5-7.6 cm.) The ground could use more enriching as it was originally tough Virginia clay but I do not want to dig down and damage the roots. To give you new plants the best chance lay a generous mulch of well rotted manure around the plants leaving 2-3 inches clear around the plant so the manure isn’t touching the stems. Dig in plenty of organic matter about 4 weeks before planting time and give it time to settle. 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