rhubarb question

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by MELOC, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    my rhubarb is doing good. it has popped up to about 4-6 in. eventually, i always get seed heads that pop up. do i cut them as soon as i see them or what is the best way to deal with rhubarb?


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  2. sbeerman

    sbeerman Well-Known Member

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    I just looked this up yesterday too! It said to cut the seedheads off as soon as you see them and keep cutting them off as you see more. Said some types just make more seedheads then others. So quess what I was doing today. Mine make lots of seedheads!!
    Sandie Or. 5/6
     

  3. dragonflyz9C

    dragonflyz9C Well-Known Member

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    That was my job growing up... breaking off the seed heads. Soon as I saw them.
     
  4. oberhaslikid

    oberhaslikid Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Try this on your Rhubarb to make it grow
    1 Tbs.of epsom salts
    1 cup of tea ( I use a tsp. of instant tea)
    in a quart of water, pour around rhubarb in the spring and in the fall.
     
  5. dcross

    dcross Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I think dividing it will cut down on the seedheads the next year, also get thinner stalks.
     
  6. tweety

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    I have heard that harvesting heavily will cut down on the seedheads next year because you will have weakened the plant.
    Obviously I don't harvest enough and cut the seedheads as soon as I notice them but they eventually get away from me.
     
  7. DW

    DW plains of Colorado Supporter

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    At our other house we had old rhubarb that wouldn't quit. I've planted new stuff here and it just doesn't seem to get big. We have very sandy soil here & I do fertilize in the winter. Any suggestions?