Forum home Plants

Rhubarb problem

Anyone know what this is and what I should do with it? I have had this rhubarb plant now 6 years and this is the first time I have this growing on it. 

Posts

  • Anyone know what this is and what I should do with it? I have had this rhubarb plant now 6 years and this is the first time I have this growing on it. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    edited April 2020
    Hello @kmjmclaughlin  and welcome to the forum 😊 

    It’s a flowering spike ... snap it off at the base and give the base of your plant a good soaking with several buckets of water. 
    Stress from drought can often trigger flowering, particularly early in the season. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    Some more info on this thread https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/comment/2170233#Comment_2170233

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







  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,216
    I had exactly the same but did as advised and all seems well now
  • Thank you everyone. I have done that now. Fingers crossed all works out well. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    Just keep an eye on any remaining stump as it might be a place where rot can set in. It if goes slimy remove it. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Brilliant thank you
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    Catch them early, the stem will be solid, no water trap for rot. When they get bigger, the stem becomes hollow, make sure you get it off right by the crown so it doesn't leave a little tube where water can collect.

    I have a variety that freely flowers every year, annoying really, but the days are long gone when a neighbour would split the crown and offer me some. Had to grow it from seed and I think the available seed varieties are often free flowering from what I have seen.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,695
    edited April 2020
    When we moved here we brought Rhubarb with us.
    Ground very free draining.
    It flowered.
    Now I water it every day, as soon as the leaves appear.....2 gallons a go.
    Now no problem with flowering stalks.

    Sunk 3 long drain pipes into the ground near by and water into the tubes...so water goes right down to the roots.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
Sign In or Register to comment.