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lily6lily6 Working and living in the Chiltern Hills. Posts: 79
Anyone had their first Rhubarb harvest (not forced)? 
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    edited March 2020
    Oh yes, we've been pulling our Timperley Early for a few weeks now ... crumbles have been eaten and OH's work colleagues have had several rucksacks full.  It's beautifully sweet this year  :D

    Ill look for the pic I took ...
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    Here it is ... first picking this year 11th Feb


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  • lily6lily6 Working and living in the Chiltern Hills. Posts: 79
    Right that's it, wellies on and crumble making shall commence! 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    Enjoy  :)
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  • PurpleRosePurpleRose North YorkshirePosts: 538
    I love rhubarb and having my first attempt at growing it this year. I have been told that the first year you dont get a harvest. Is that correct?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    Yes, I'm afraid you need to leave it to grow this year, and then next year just take a few pickings. 

    In following years I never take more than one third of the stems at a time, and I stop picking at the end of June, to allow the crown of the plant to build up strength to get through the winter and produce plenty of stems in the following spring. 
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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444
    Sadly, yes.  The plant needs all its leaves to build up its strength - if you cut them off it can't photosynthesise.
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  • PurpleRosePurpleRose North YorkshirePosts: 538
    Thank you  :) I thought so. 


  • I have one rhubarb plant and it’s getting quite large I would like to split it and get more plants, do you think I could dig up a part of it to replant and still harvest from the ‘mother’ plant? Is it too late now?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    edited March 2020
    I wouldn't do it at this time of year ... best to split it when it's dormant in the winter.  

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/growfruitandveg_growingrhubarb1.shtml
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