Posted: 27/10/2016 at 14:47
Maggie, the best variety for me is Stockbridge Arrrow. An excellent and prolific sort. I am a rhubarb fanatic....love the stuff
the varieties, to be honest, are not too important. Dismiss the rave reports of some special sweet varieties. I would though plant an early variety too (because some varieties do produce earlier) and Timperley Early fits the bill.
The main factor is good moist soil. Plenty of sunshine too. Yes, rhubarb will grow in dappled shade because that's what people do, consign it to places where other things will not grow. No, give it sun if you can Go for the best rhubarb you can get so sunshine.
get as much goodness as possible in at planting time. Ideal if you can prepare the site rather than the immediate planting hole. You want as rich a soil as possible and one that doesn't dry out too quickly. Sunshine gives rhubarb its sweetness too
prepare the bed for it to produce for several years so a bit of extra work then will pay off
dont pick in its first year ...or second ideally.....and mulch generously every autumn.
i get lots of delicious rhubarb reliably every year and many will testify to this.
Added watering in dry spells makes a big difference too
enjoy your rhubarb Maggie