Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Only Cut One-Third of Rhubarb Stalk at a Time

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Only Cut One-Third of Rhubarb Stalk at a Time

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Q * Could you please tell me about rhubarb? Do I cut all the stalks at once or is it best to cut as I need them and just let the plant keep growing? The stalks on two of the plants are green, but the others are slightly red. I don't know much about these plants, but I can make a good strawberry rhubarb pie. I did let them go to seed but heard you should cut the blossoms before this occurs.

A * Rhubarb grows best in full sun and well-drained soils that have been enriched with fully decayed manure or other organic matter. It is best to remove no more than one-third of the stalks from each plant at each picking. This allows them to grow continuously throughout the harvest season, which lasts for 8 to 10 weeks on established plantings that are at least 3 years old.

Some gardeners prefer the red-stemmed plants over those with green stalks for aesthetic reasons, on the grounds that it makes a prettier pie. …

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