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Garden Rhubarb

Rheum x hybridum

Also known as

Pie Plant

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Overview

This herbaceous perennial produces edible stems approximately 30 to 40cm in length which start light pink aging through red to green as they mature.

Common problems

Harvesting

Depending on growing method, forced stems can be taken from December onwards, outdoor plants from April.

Propagation

Division

Lift crowns in autumn or spring, divide the rhizome into section with each containing a portion of the thick fleshy root & a growing point. Discard the old centre and any decayed parts. Replant straight away.

Special Features

Attractive leaves

Crop rotation

Uses

Traditionally grown in the vegetable or kitchen garden it can also be included in mixed borders to provide alternative & attractive foliage cover.

Cullinary

Used to flavour food and drinks.