Potted Rhubarb Plant, propagated at the Windmill Community Gardens in Margate using Chemical free growing methods.
Tips on how to grow:
Rhubarb needs an open, sunny site with moist, but free-draining soil, as it dislikes being waterlogged in winter. Avoid planting in sites that are particularly prone to late frosts, as the young stems may be damaged.
Prepare the planting site by digging in two bucketful of well-rotted manure per square metre/yard. Then dig a planting hole and position the plant so the tip of the crown is just visible above the soil. If planting more than one, space them 75–90cm (30–36in) apart.
Rhubarb can also be planted in very large pots, at least 50cm (20in) deep and wide.
Keep rhubarb free of weeds by covering the ground with a mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost, but don’t cover the crown as it will rot.
Water regularly in dry spells, so the soil stays moist and the plant continues growing until autumn.
When the top growth dies back in autumn, remove the dead leaves to expose the crown to frost – this will help to break dormancy and ensure a good crop of stalks the following year.
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