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How to force rhubarb

Overview

Forcing rhubarb by covering the crowns will encourage the plants to make early growth. These forced stalks can be harvested for use in cooking when they are 20cm - 30cm long and make a useful substitute for fruit when there is little else in store from the garden.


How to do it

Covering rhubarb crown with pot

1

Clear around the base of a rhubarb crown, removing old leaves and weeds. Use a large pot, dustbin or decorative rhubarb forcer to cover the crown. Plug any holes to exclude light.


Forcing rhubarb: lifting lid from covered rhubarb plant

In cold regions or to speed forcing, insulate the outside of the pot with a thick layer of straw. Most years, forced rhubarb will be ready to harvest eight weeks after covering.

Adam's tip

Avoid forcing a single crown of rhubarb for two years in a row. Leave it to crop naturally instead, and always have more than one crown so you can force in alternate years.




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NJSK 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Can you force rhubarb that is less than a year old?

sharonwood 24/11/2011 at 15:28

i have been told you can not eat your first crop of rhubarb you have to wait untill your next crop is is true please help ?

plant 24/11/2011 at 15:29

why do you need to force rhubarb??????

mollyflower 24/11/2011 at 15:29

yes i agree with you kynanbytes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kynanbytes 24/11/2011 at 15:29

yes I've been wondering how to do that although its very early to do it now this is very useful

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