Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum)

A perennial vegetable although often used as a fruit in desserts, cocktails and jams. Only the stalks are edible & have a rich tart flavor; the leaves of this plant are poisonous and are not to be ingested. Rhubarb becomes a large plant, is easy to grow and thrives in cool weather.

Care: Full sun, moderate-light moisture needs, prefers rich slightly acidic soil, large-growing perennial, plant from bare-root or transplant divisions, divide every 3-4 years, best in ground.

Needs fairly rich, well-draining, neutral to slightly acidic soil; best planted in spring (often available bare-root) with room to spread about 4-5 feet wide. Benefits from occasional fertilizer & should be mulched with 2-4” of straw or compost in late fall (uncover in spring). Mostly pest-free; dig and split rhubarb roots every 3 to 4 years. Divide when plants are dormant in early spring (or fall).

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