Posted: 16/04/2013 at 19:07
Yup, forcing rhubarb is to get an early crop, but it does exhaust the plants for the next season.
I've forced 3 roots this year in a dalek bin which I usually use to store old potting compost and have had a couple of pickings off those.
The 3 plants in my garden are coming on nicely ( only planted last year, so I didn't pick any, to let them get established).
As LG suggests, maybe take the pots off 2 or 3, leave them to grow on, and crop from the succulent stems from the other ones, and sparsely, if at all, from the uncovered ones to allow them to get well and truly established.