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I have just planted a Rhubarb plant and the label has told me that I cannot eat any rhubarb  off this year's growth, does anyone know the reason for this. Many thank's

nutcutlet

It need to get established and taking the stems off slows that process. 

Many thanks for you help will check that link.

No expert

Leave it alone for a year and you could be harvesting it by the barrowful.


 Anybody got 5 gallons of custard.

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Clarington

That looks a wonderful harvest!

Jim Macd

Hope you've got room in your freezer! Mine aren't established enough yet to take much. And only Tesco seem to be stocking it near me.

No expert

12 kilo in freezer and 4 given to boss to keep her sweet!

Jim Macd

How many plants have you got?

No expert

Had two rows. Transplanted and divided one bed, 39 crowns. probably 20 in the other, will divide next november.

Hi, what is eating my rhubarb leaves? 

 

No expert

Without a picture it's hard to know but probably slugs.

In its first year it is toxic. I think acids which normally accumulate in the leaves are also in the stems till it settles down.At least that is what I was told.

Have just double checked, it is oxalic acid, and it is that which makes the leaves unhealthy.

Dovefromabove

Sorry but you were told wrong AWB - the reason for not harvesting in the first year is to allow the crown to build up, otherwise it'll never develop into a good strong plant and be really productive. 

Whoever fed you that bit of mis-information, you'd better explain to them that although the leaves contain oxalic acid it is not in the stems, not even in the first year. 

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Jim Macd
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Had two rows. Transplanted and divided one bed, 39 crowns. probably 20 in the other, will divide next november.

Oh, yes, I remember your photo now. Very envious.

 

Thank's Dovefromabove, I thought that's what they meant, was thinking of moving it to  a bigger area of the garden, would be okay to move it just now, as it has started to grow?

Dovefromabove

I wouldn't choose to move it now, but if it's going to need more space then prepare the bed well with lots of organic matter and take it with a large rootball.  Water it in well.

I'd prefer to leave it until it dies down in the autumn before moving it, but then you'd have to leave it another year before harvesting.  

If it's been moved twice this season only pick very lightly next year. 

John Harding

We have a grand-daughter who loves to have a ramekin of sugar and eat a stick of Rhubarb dipping it in the sugar before each bite. I had planted a new 'Champagne Rhubarb' that I bought in North Wales in 2010. It had 2 healthy stems when I planted it but a few days later (After a visit from said GD) they had both disappeared!

It has taken until this year for the plant to fully recover but now it's romping away. Have planted another new 'Champagne Rhubarb' this year and noted fairly soon afterwards that the leaves were being eaten (like Shar2's comment above). A close inspection revealed tiny snails as the culprits - which are now ex-snails!

No expert

As was stated onanother rhubarb thread the greates threat to rhubarb is over picking. JH you are lucky that one came back at all. Snails are also a problem as the leaves touch the ground. Nothing for it but pellets spread around and about your crowns, but not over them. i have placed beer traps for the said same critters among my cabbages. Seems they like a tipple or two.