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LG_LG_ Posts: 4,063

I need to buy a rhubarb crown before they stop being available! Have just spotted this variety, which is available all year and apparently crops twice - is it too good to be true? Anyone tried it? How's the flavour? I only have room for one plant, I think, so it needs to be a good one (love rhubarb).

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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,149

    Mine died after producing some very mean stems.

  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,063

    Oh dear! Not a ringing endorsement. Would you recommend any other variety?

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  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,941

    Try a few varieties, if you have the space.  I can't even remember the two I have, but one does much better than the others (side by side in the same raised bed, same soil and conditions).  The better of the two I pick from spring to fall, always mindful to not over pick.  Both plants taste pretty much the same to me, whether fresh or cooked.  

    Pick up some potted varieties this spring, harden them off if needed and get them in the ground as soon as possible.  Pick nothing this year and only a stock or two next year (just to give yourself a taste and enjoyment), but let the rest grow to help with root and crown development.  Each year, mulch around the crowns (keeping it a few inches away from the crown) in fall and spring with compost or leaf mulch.  I also sprinkle around some FB&BM in the spring before mulching with my own compost.  

    Last edited: 28 April 2017 18:24:15

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,736

    I grow Timperley Early - lovely sweet pink stems earlier than most other varieties - high yields once it gets established.  image

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