Rhubarb is commonly known as a pie ingredient and it’s gaining popularity in other tasty recipes like salads, sauces, and juice. The rhubarb we eat is actually the green to reddish stalks of an attractive perennial garden plant with large, tropical-looking (inedible) leaves.
When you receive rhubarb plants from Stark Bro’s* they will be bare-root, consisting of dormant crowns with root systems. We ship them this way to reduce the risk of transplant shock and so that rhubarb can be planted both in the fall and in the spring in most areas.
*Plants may also arrive dusted in a lime powder to avoid molding
Planting bare-root rhubarb is easy. The most challenging part may be figuring out which end is up!
Rhubarb plants are highly productive once established. After the second year in the ground, you will be able to start lightly harvesting the larger stalks and enjoying as you please. Be sure not to consume any other part of the plant, since only the stalks (not leaves) are safe to eat.
If your rhubarb roots arrive and you are not prepared or able to plant them immediately, don’t worry! You can delay planting by following the steps mentioned in our article, What To Do if You Can’t Plant When Your Order Arrives.
Looking for more information on growing and caring for your rhubarb plants? Check out Stark Bro’s Growing Guide: Plant Manuals for Vegetable Plants.
9 July 2014: The same bare-root rhubarb plant after 8 months in the ground (and after the harsh winter of 2013 and fickle spring of 2014).
Keeping this rhubarb plant well-fed with nitrogen or nutrient-rich organic material during the growing season will help to ensure a happy, healthy, and productive rhubarb plant — ready for harvest of the tangy red stalks in another year or so!