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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:43 pm    Post subject: Rhubarb Reply with quote

I have planted rhubarb for the first time this year. I have been told that you should not pull and eat it the first year. Is this right? Should I pull it and put it on the compost heap?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We planted it last year and let it die back naturally. So just tidy it up later in the year. This year we have had an excellent crop. Stewed with custard.....

Next year when it shows, let the stems grow but if a flower head starts cut if off, this puts the energy back into the usable stems.

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i pulled the stalks in the first year when i realised it was about to start dying back. they were a bit bitter. much sweeter* this year.

* i.e. less bitter. this is rhubarb, after all**.
** i've never tasted forced rhubarb. i hear that's sweet.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:39 am    Post subject: rhubarb Reply with quote

Thanks lads for the reply. My second posting - it wasnt that scary. Novice gardener so I should have many more questions. I'm great at growing weeds though.
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