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While technically a vegetable, rhubarb, Rheum rhaponticum, is considered by many to be a fruit, owing to its sweet flavour and use in desserts. For first-time vegetable growers, rhubarb is the perfect choice. Perennial, it flourishes without too much attention, bearing delicious stalks to stew and eat with porridge at breakfast, or to use as an ingredient in crumbles and tarts. Rhubarb is ready to harvest in early spring, when little else is available, making it one of the most prized crops in the vegetable garden.
Plant Rheum rhaponticum crowns from autumn to spring in a sunny spot in well drained soil. Prepare the soil well by digging in plenty of well rotted manure and remove all weeds. When planting crowns, ensure the top of the crown sits 3cm below soil level, and space them at 75cm intervals. Keep plants well-watered in their first year and mulch annually with home-made compost or well-rotted manure.
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Foliage colour: Dark green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: September to November, March to April
Time to plant: September to November
I have a rhubarb crown which I have planted in the usual manner in the correct place and over the winter it had a forcing jar over it and grew some lovely sticks of rhubarb - however, it is now uncovered and was beginning to grow away nicely then one morning I noticed that all the leaves had been eaten down to the top of the Rhubard stalk, what can be doing this and how can I stop it ? Any answers would be appreciated thank you.
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