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13/06/2013 at 23:04

Hello,i planted Rhubarb which i bought from a nursery,it's doing well but wondered about best thing to feed it? i also have 4 Runner bean plants in a pot measuring about 12",is this too many?though they too look good.Thank you.

13/06/2013 at 23:14

I am not a gardening guru in any way, but I have an enormous rhubarb in awful soil, in almost pitch darkness in an arid bit of veg garden, so I'm of the opinion that they grow anywhere with no help, though I expect somebody more expert will tell us otherwise in a minute!   I think that's too many beans in one pot, and that you'd be better off splitting them up now before they grow a bit and tangle themselves all up together.  Again, though somebody who knows a lot more than me may say otherwise

13/06/2013 at 23:32

Thanks for the reply,will wait for other opinions too.

14/06/2013 at 00:05

Mitzi

Rhubarb needs good soil, good feeding and adequate or more moisture. Rhubarb is a long lived plant and will be in that position for many years...it will need good conditions

The better conditions you give it the better your rhubarb will be.  So, use organic fertiliser like fish blood and bone and mulch with manure or compost.

Not a great size pot for 4 beans.  Can you put 2 in another pot.  Again, beans need good soil and moisture.  Ideally, can they go in the ground?

14/06/2013 at 06:19

My Rhubarb gets Fish, Blood and Bone in the spring and is then mulched with farmyard manure in the spring,  then I give it another good layer of FYM in the late autumn, when I'm tidying up the garden for the winter.

 About Christmas I put a forcing pot over it and then I get an early crop of tender pink stems -  stop picking the rhubarb in May and let the plant bulk up again over the summer. I do this every year; it doesn't weaken the plant like traditional forcing where you lift the root and expose it to frost then move it to a warm dark place to force it. 

I agree with Verdun about the beans - put them in the ground if you can - they need plenty of room and it's difficult to stake them properly in a pot as it'll get top-heavy. 

Good luck 

14/06/2013 at 07:38

Rhubarb's a bit like asparagus in that wherever it's planted becomes its home for potentially a very long time. So major improvements to the soil need to be done prior to planting. Or, if you've literally only just planted, you can lift the plants, attend to the soil, and replace the plants.

Rhubarb's actually pretty tolerant. It loves well-drained soil with plenty of organic stuff dug in but will still grow in average soil conditions as Sara's rhubarb proves. But the better conditions you give it, the more it will reward you. What sort of soil are yours planted in, Mitzi?

14/06/2013 at 10:44

Thank you all for your replies,i don't really want to take the rhubarb out,not it's doing well,as for the beans,i haven't got the room for them to go in the ground.Wouldn't the beans and rhubarb be ok for now,with a liquid feed of some kind?

14/06/2013 at 11:48

Mitzi, the problem with the beans is that (a) they are climbers and will grow to 6' or more and also spread sideways to an extent; and (b) will need strong supports in the form of canes of some description. One 12" pot isn't big enough to accommodate four plants and the pot isn't deep enough to provide stable support for the canes.

You could try separating them into different pots but, again, the problem could be supporting them.

15/06/2013 at 07:51

Have a look at these pictures https://www.google.com/search?q=rhubarb+roots&rlz=1C1SVEE_enGB425GB425&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Cg68UbiXNIO90QXE8oDQCw&ved=0CDEQsAQ&biw=1092&bih=514#rlz=1C1SVEE_enGB425GB425&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=rhubarb+plant+pictures&oq=rhubarb+plant&gs_l=img.1.1.0l10.30085.32590.0.34832.10.8.0.2.2.0.82.522.8.8.0...0.0.0..1c.1.17.img.i-DVbfFo4KQ&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.47883778,d.d2k&fp=67de315c87a6556d&biw=1092&bih=514

That is what your rhubarb is trying to be - if your pot is big enough then it'll be fine in a pot - if not it needs to be in the ground or it won't be able to build up a big enough crown to both give you a crop and survive the winter.

Ignore the pic of the plant bigger than the people, that's not a rhubarb, that's a gunnera 

15/06/2013 at 10:35

The rhubarb's in the ground,so that's ok.

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