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LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
What's the best fertiliser for this time of year


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,743

    I gave mine a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone in early spring and will be giving another shortly as I've stopped pulling stalks for the year.  In the autumn it'll have a good mulching with well rotted farmyard manure.

    At this time of year it's more important to stop pulling stalks about now and make sure it doesn't dry out in the summer than to feed it.

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

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    Thank you df I will do that
  • debbie 09debbie 09 Posts: 9

    If your rhubarb is a mature one you can still harvest fo another 4 to 6 weeks without harming it. 

  • DogbowlDogbowl Posts: 88

    Planted New plant earlier this year, was told Not to harvest it for first season. So what do I do with the large leafs ect ect ???? Will they just die down ?? 

    Oh its growing in a large pot Not garden should that make a difference to your advice

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    last year my rhubarb went ballistic and i had tons of it and had to make jam but it had to be moved last year and is in a massive square pot now with lots of manure, it started off really strong growth wise abut has gone a bit thin stalks and it's not producing like normal. MY grandson has only picked two stalks to eat raw and i have left it alone, any ideas anyone?

  • debbie 09debbie 09 Posts: 9

    Dogbowl, Leave the leaves on and they will die down in winter. These will produce food for your rhubarb this year making it stronger next. I find with my rhubarb that if I harvest half the stalks and leave half as they are growing it keeps my plant very healthy as they are still getting the nourishment they need. It doesn't matter the it is in a pot , keep it fed and watered. Hope this helps.

  • debbie 09debbie 09 Posts: 9

    Sanjy67 . was your rhubarb a mature plant, if so did you only move the outside edges of the plant as the middle eventually becomes unproductive. 

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    debbie it is probably four or five yrs old and i moved all of it,it has 6 'crowns' where i have cut the flower off and the centre one has 3 sticks of rhubarb and all the others have 2, a couple are nice and thick but the others are a bit thin and the leaves are yellowing, it is in a very deep pot and it's pretty big with lots of manure when i planted it.

  • debbie 09debbie 09 Posts: 9

    Sanjy67. I think you should divide your rhubarb and repot individualy if you can. The plant is struggling. Don't do this until Autumn. Use a spade to chop the crown into pieces and throw away the centre. Hope this helps. Debbie

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    sanjy67 I agree with Debbie, but also until autumn make sure it has plenty of water, rhubarbs need damp soil otherwise they really suffer!

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