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Good Afternoon,

I have some rhubarb in my garden, just moved in last year. 

anyway its now starting signs of life, is this the right time for it to grow and is it wise to follow the guides on forcing it. 

BobTheGardener

Hi Wayne, it's the mild weather - it will slow down when the expected cold spell comes along.  However, if it has been there for many years it would benefit from being divided and now is a good time to do that.  If you want more plants and/or a better crop, there's advice on dividing and forcing it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/growfruitandveg_growingrhubarb1.shtml

and here:

https://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=544

You wouldn't want to force a newly planted section but would be OK to force an established clump - it just gives you a slightly earlier crop really.

 

Thanks for that, I think that they have been in a long time but I'm going to divide half of what i have just as a test for myself.

 

On the subject of Rhubarb... i have had many successful years of growing Rhubarb in my garden but i am moving house next month and the new garden is currently quite exposed and can get quite 'boggy'.  Would it be worth building a higher level Veg area so i can continue to grow Rhubarb as i know it needs a well drained area.

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