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Split fading rhubarb?


 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:43 pm    Post subject: Split fading rhubarb? Reply with quote

I have a rhubarb patch that for the past two years has not been putting out the same amount of fruit that it has previously. The patch is probably older than I am, was here when we moved...and I have never done ANYTHING with it (except eat it!). Do you think the crowns need to be split? Or is it just that the plants are so old now that they're not as productive? Thank you!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wait until November dig one up and split it leave it out in the frost for a few days and replant you should not eat the rhubarb in the first season, digging it up will not be an easy job you will need a spade, Pick and crow bar I kid you not.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha, I'll just attempt one or two if that's the case!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make sure to include a good bit of fertiliser (preferably organic) when your replanting the rhubarb. That'll help it get off to a good start.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you Cherrysparkle haha, I would only be attempting one or two!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When we moved in, I planted 4 rhubarb plants in a raised bed enriched by rotted cow manure. I had to give 2 away after one year. This year, I'm going down to one. Definitely wait until the leaves have gone down, plant in a well prepared position. A crown a spade wide each way is going to do well. I'd mulch with manure/straw/leafmould for the first winter. All the divisions I gave away are massive now. They are Timperly Early.
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