How to start a new rhubarb bed
The cottage came with a plot of rhubarb at the top of the garden and these plants must be 50 years old by now and understandably they crop very little these days, hence the need for new plants in a new bed.
I would like to ask how many plants should I grow in my new 6 x 4 raised bed, how to plant the crowns and what variety might suit my acidic soil. The bed is situated in a sunny location and is well drained and is protected from strong winds by a wind break. The garden is 1100 feet above sea level. It was suggested I try Livingstone as it will crop twice, would that cultivar be a good one to go for or can you suggest an alternative?
I read online I should plant the crowns with the growing tip 2.5cm below the surface of the soil. Another source though confused me by saying plant the growing tips one cm above the soil! What is the correct way to do it? How should I mulch in the Autumn?
I will not take any cuttings this year and only very few next year, to give the new plants ample time to establish.