Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:19
Good morning Loz Well, you have your answer as to why it's bolted
I don't pick stalks in the first year after planting, and I wouldn't pick any after moving a plant either - but we live and we learn and that's what gardening's about.
I'd cut or pull and twist the flowering stem right away from the base of the plant and put it on the compost heap. It's a shame because they are so beautiful, I would love to draw it, but we have to be practical!
Your rhubarb felt threatened and thought it might die because its growing conditions have been stressful, so that's why it's trying to reproduce before it pops its clogs. You need to convince it that it's got many happy years ahead of it, so to be honest, after your explanation of what it had to put up with last year I wouldn't take any stems this year - treat it as Obelixx has said - you'll reap the rewards next year.