Rhubarb Floribunda

josusa47josusa47 Posts: 2,557

Two of my rhubarb crowns give me yummy big sticks aplenty, but the third one is hellbent on flowering.  I've cut out at least four flower stems this season.  Is there any treatment which will curb its fecundity and make it do the job I pay it for?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,430

    Water, water and still more water. image

    If that doesn't do it then ditch it and get another crown.  

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 2,557

    Thanks, I'll try watering more.  But they're all in the same patch so the good ones get no more water than the Floribunda.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,430

    Sometimes you get a crown that just cant help trying to flower ...did it put up a flower spike last year as well?  If so, I'd ditch it.  

    You could try having a really firm word with it first ....image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 2,557

    Dove, I will certainly issue a stern warning, it worked for my dear old dad. He planted a passion flower, in three years it had covered a large expanse of house wall but not flowered.  "If it doesn't flower this year," he said, within earshot of the plant, "I'm cutting it down and planting something else." It flowered every year after that.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,430

    image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • flowerlady3flowerlady3 Posts: 147

    I've had a similar thing with a damson tree.

    my old tree (here when I moved in about 15 years ago) has produced very little fruit for the last three years.

    I didn't give it a talking to, but decided to buy a new young tree. I thought I'd hang on to the old one until the new one started to produce fruit.

    it has had an amazing effect - my old tree is absolutely dripping with fruit this year. It's as if it's saying "there's life in the old dog yet". I certainly won't be getting rid of it now!

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 2,557

    I daresay a pollinator was all it needed to set fruit.

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