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Rhubarb blues...

TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

Hi folks, my rhubarb isn't doing well at all. Really short stalks and not at all fat. First year in the ground (had been in a pot for a couple of years before).  Any tips of what I can do to get a better crop next year? Thanks




  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    Did you give it anything in the way of topdressing?

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    I didn't.... What kind of top dressing would you suggest pls?

  • ommthreeommthree Posts: 314

    I'm no expert, but I put I gave mine a good layer of compost in early spring (not on the crown itself) and it has really exploded into growth since then. 

  • iGrowiGrow Posts: 183
    Possibly didn't like the transplanting, I guarantee it will do better next year and even more so should you feed it with compost or well rotted farmyard manure.
  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Thanks.  I'll have to go without this year. Was surprised to see the cost of rhubarb in the supermarket.  Maybe a trip to a proper market with veg stalls is needed.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,800

    It's concentrating on getting its roots into the soil - as has been said, top dress with compost or well rotted farm yard manure now and again in the autumn.  Water well now and again in any dry spells - don't let the soil around it dry right out - and as you've said, don't harvest any stalks this year.  It'll be fantastic next year image

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  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    Thanks Dove! 


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