Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

The other thread on the old Bhurarb got me wondering. 

What varieties have you all got and which do you like best and why? I've got Glaskin's Perpetual, though I've not tried it and I may have lost it, literally, can't see it anywhere,. and two seed grown ones which I totally have no idea what variety they are unfortunately as that was before I made notes on everything, foolishly thinking I'd remember it all. 

Thanks

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  • I should grow rhubarb, love the stuff.

    I have quite a big garden but whoever lived there before me buried carpets, concrete and everything else he could. Garden is un-diggable, so raised beds is the only answer.

    So depending on how much work I can do this year before the growing seasons, I be just growing my runner beans on my small patch.

  • I have loads of rhubarb but have no idea of the variety. Got it first in 1985/86 from a gardener in a big house when he was retiring. Still enjoying it 20 someting years later. It has grown to about 8 inches tall already this year.

  • Loz46Loz46 Posts: 74

    I've just taken over an allotment that has one, lonely Timperley early!

    I shall definitely be getting some more varieties though, love rhubarb.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,727

    We only have one crown so far - Timperley Early -  it's naturally an early cropper and we encourage this along gently under a forcing pot and it has a lovely flavour - we'll be pulling our first sticks this weekend. 

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     This way we harvest rhubarb while it's expensive in the shops and when the cheaper maincrop rhubarb is available we rest our own plant.

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I love rhubarb and inherited my plant when we moved here, I have no idea of the variety but it makes great chutney and crumbles image

    It isn't doing much yet though so presume it's not an early variety.

     

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 751
    Dovefromabove wrote (see)

    We only have one crown so far - Timperley Early -  it's naturally an early cropper and we encourage this along gently under a forcing pot and it has a lovely flavour - we'll be pulling our first sticks this weekend. 

     This way we harvest rhubarb while it's expensive in the shops and when the cheaper maincrop rhubarb is available we rest our own plant.


     That's a great idea Dove. I've heard of Timperly Early and Verdun's Stockbridge Arrow. There's always room for more. It's a nice looking plant anywhere in the garden.

    David, that's shocking! I had a bit of a problem with that. Down at the bottom in the darkest part of the garden where they had their green house!!? They'd buried what looked like huge curb stone, but they were covered in a purple glaze. They were about six inches thick and 18" x 24" and weighed a ton. Thankfully they smashed up without too much difficulty with a lump hammer. It was hard work but it was the only way I was going to get them out. I pounded some of it to dust while singing blue grass tunes to myself. And we've had at least three big skips filled with 2x3 1950's paving slabs they covered the garden with. We've still got about 50 under the 'patio'. Why do people do that to their garden. Obviously they just see it as a municipal tip! It will be hard work but you could get rid of it. I never thought I'd get rid of what I have.

    Thanks everyone. Anyone else? image

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 751

    I bought Timperlly Early today and one of those nice Terracotta Cloches, Dove. The GC had them for just £20. They had Victoria, Timperly Early, & I think Stockbridge. I hadn't heard of Victoria so resisted buying a second. It was in a 3ltr pot for £5.00. I thought that was a good deal. They had them bare root for £2.00 but they were much smaller roots. 

  • I have temperley early, Victoria, and have today planted valentine x 2 and raspberry red ( which is already a winner in my book)

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,727

    I'm to make a rhubarb crumble tomorrow or the next day (depending on the outcome of my visit to the dentist tomorrow morning) image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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