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Starkrimson® Rhubarb

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The best rhubarb we’ve ever offered! The top-grade stalks you harvest from this variety are red, sweet and tangy — and oh-so-delicious. Stalks make exceptionally beautiful, tasty cobblers and pies. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Harvest in May. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Yellow
Fruit Color Red
Ripens/Harvest May
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Tangy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.


Pollination is not required for this variety.

This variety does not require pollination to produce a harvestable crop.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow rhubarb plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
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I remember my grandmother cooking rhubarb!
linda s on Jun 3, 2020
I am adding to my rhubarb patch. I use it for pies and sauce
Becky on Jun 3, 2020
I remember my grandmother cooking rhubarb!
linda s on Jun 3, 2020
Always wanted to plant Rhubarb.
Norm P on Jun 3, 2020
I am adding to my rhubarb patch. I use it for pies and sauce
Becky on Jun 3, 2020
It was the only one you had
Kelly C on May 26, 2020
On sale and good reviews.
Warren B on May 25, 2020
I watched Win the Wilderness and saw how good that rhubarb did in Alaska and thought I could grow it here too in the snowy Southern California mountains.
Miss B on May 24, 2020
Need new plants
Alana B on May 23, 2020
Only variety left and my old one appears to have died last winter so I am looking for a replacement at a rather late date although we are in a high altitude area with cold winters and a short season. We'll see how it performs. We are in a bad drought also, complicating gardening.
Carolyn B on May 23, 2020
I had rhubarb many years ago that got left behind when I loved and Stark brothers has a good reputation
Clarissa C on May 22, 2020
to try it I wanted canada red
Stanley S on May 21, 2020
Sounded like it would taste good and would add to what I have nicely. I like the red color especially.
Christine M on Apr 18, 2020
I love rhubarb and wanted to plant it in Fl. We had rhubarb in NJ and I wanted to make pie and jelly again with it.
Frank R on Apr 17, 2020
Needed more rubarb
Lisa F on Apr 17, 2020
Love Rhubarb
Tamayra C on Apr 16, 2020
want to plant quality rhubarb
Ron S on Mar 29, 2020
I absolutely love rhubarb and cannot wait to grow my own like my grandparents!
Kimberlee H on Mar 28, 2020
Love rhubarb!
Amanda S on Mar 15, 2020
Only rhubarb available.
Farrol B on Mar 14, 2020
These plants were recommended by Stark's Bros. for my climate zone.
Mike on Mar 13, 2020
I moved and left my rhubarb plants with the old house. I make my own jam and pie fillings and everyone loves my rhubarb.
Darla L on Mar 11, 2020
Have searched for a Rhubarb that will live in North Florida. Am so happy to find this variety and look forward to getting it planted.
Martha A on Mar 5, 2020
Buy all my plants at one reputable site that I've ordered from in the past, and I receive your catalog yearly
Lynne P on Mar 3, 2020
in stock
Russell S on Feb 24, 2020
Claude R on Feb 23, 2020
Only one available and a good price with good reviews.
Robert S on Jan 27, 2020
The rhubarb we always plant.
Roger C on Jul 12, 2019
does well at 8,000 feet!
Diana O on Jun 10, 2019
To start a new garden.
Richard K on May 10, 2019
trying to establish a new homestead , this was my childhood favorite
Lynda G on May 2, 2019
family LOVES Rhubarb!
JoAnn P on Apr 30, 2019
Comments from people online who say this variety does well in the south and good value for 2 plants.
Joan L S on Apr 30, 2019
Had this before but it died out or was taken from location going to replant and start over. Best rhubarb out there in my opinion.
Thomas M on Apr 26, 2019
I am having trouble growing rhubarb in Elizabethtown because of the climate , hopefully this will grow here, I really love rhubarb!
Donna L on Apr 12, 2019
Starkrimson should be better than just "red rhubarb," right?
Malcolm on Apr 11, 2019
Looking for red rhubarb and this looks good
JOCKO on Apr 3, 2019
This will be an experiment. I have never grown rhubarb in my growing area but the description sounds hopeful.
Christina R B on Mar 25, 2019
good recommendation from friend
randy b on Mar 7, 2019
I have used the same rhubarb for a long time.
phyllis C on Feb 14, 2019
I like rhubarb and description of this variety seemed impressive and am anxious to give it a try.
Richard S on Feb 4, 2019
Customer reviews
Linda B on Feb 1, 2019
self pollinating
Deborah B on Jan 12, 2019
This is the kind we had as a child and I loved its sour taste raw with salt, and also in desserts.
Robert H on Jan 31, 2018
I had them before and have superior taste
Teresa N on Apr 11, 2017
Anyone for rhubarb tart? simply the best.
James W on Mar 31, 2017
Great flavor!!!
GUDRUN S on Mar 12, 2017
I love rhubarb. This was a nice large piece. My neighbors are all jealous.
crystal m on Mar 3, 2017
I am missing my old rhubarb plants, but they were pretty green. Hoping these will be bright red!
Allison M on Feb 26, 2017
I needed some red rhubarb to go along with my green
Jo F on Jun 12, 2016
To make pies and its for my husband's 50th birthday gift
Susie A on Jun 7, 2016
I LOVE Strawberry Rhubarb PIE!
Sarah on May 31, 2016
Always wanted to plant Rhubarb.
Norm P on Jun 3, 2020
It was the only one you had
Kelly C on May 26, 2020
Will rhubarb really grow with the hot summers and often very wet conditions in Houston TX?
Philip W on Apr 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I tried to grow it in a hot part of Virginia where summer temps are often in the upper 90's. When I planted it in full sun, it always died. When I plant it on the north or northeast side of a building where it gets almost total shade, it absolutely THRIVES. Just give it plenty of water and plenty of composted manure.
Can I grow rhubarb in a container?
Gary on Apr 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, just be sure it is quite large. Mine would only have 3-4 small stalks and leaves at a time, and when I transferred it to a larger pot, the number went to over 20 very quickly, and they grew large enough to harvest.
If planted this year, it can be harvested next year, right?
Thomas J on Apr 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thomas, I waited a year, to ensure plants (I bought several) were well established before I started harvesting. That ensures healthy root base. I grew up with a decent patch, and was used to harvesting a lot, so didn't want to overharvest, and wipe out before plants to become established.
Good luck! (It paid off, as I gave some away last year after three years of modestly harvesting no more than a third of established stalks at a time.)
I have often planted "red variety" rhubarb that turns out green. Can you guarantee red stalks with this variety?
Jane M on Jun 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is an exclusive variety, so we know for sure that it's red!
Are you supposed to prune off the old, large leaves? If so, when?
William L on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! A rhubarb plant is a perennial, and should be treated the same. Perennials gather next year's food through their leaves, so leave them on the plant until they wither/turn brown, then remove them (much like you would daffodils or hostas). Removing or "pruning" the leaves will deprive the plant of its food source and you won't get as much rhubarb next year.
which end goes up???
DEBRA R on May 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can find the answer in our article about How to Plant Bare-Root Rhubarb:
does rhubarb usually some stalks the first year?
James N on Mar 3, 2020
Can I grow it in pot?
Roberta C on Jun 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'd seriously doubt it, as rhubarb is normally left in place a long time and potting soil tends to be depleted over time. You could try repotting it every year and replacing some of the soil, but this may reduce the yield. How to overwinter it would be another issue as the root ball can be large.
When is the best time to plant rhubarb?
Tom W on Apr 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would suggest in the fall or spring. Being a cool weather crop it may be more of a challeng in the summer. Good luck. We have made rhubarb wine along with rhubarb crisp
I have planted Victoria rhubarb before but I took it out because I thought it was too green. I want something deep red. Is the starkrimson going to make me happy?
Laura L on Apr 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I didn't like Victoria rhubarb either -- too green. Starkrimson rhubard OK. I have a plant of Valantine which I love but it seems it isn't offered too often. Valantine is really red even mid-summer in MI.
i would love to order at least 8 rhubarb plants and possibly harvest some next spring. since Summer is due to begin on the 20th, is it still possible to plant this as long as its not to hot up here in NW Indiana?
Karen C on Jun 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have never planted rhubarb this late, although I see no reason that you can't do it. I would water it every 2 - 3 days if the weather is hot and dry. However, I would not harvest any in the spring unless the plants are unusually large as the plants need the upper growth to build a good root system the first year.
Can I plant this rhubarb the end of May in zone 7a? Or should I wait until the fall?
M D on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Although it is more stressful to plant later in May in a 7a climate, as long as you are aware of that, you can make sure you watch the rhubarb plant so it does not dry out and that it does not have to compete with any weeds. If you are in a more sandy type soil, you may want to water 2+ times per week, whereas with a heavier soil, just water thoroughly 1X/wk. Once it starts to really grow, give it some nitrogen fertilizer about every month but not after the 1st of August. I also would suggest mulching around the rhubarb at least the first year to help control weeds and maintain moisture. Your rhubarb should still do much better planting it now rather than waiting until fall.
I planted the bare-root rhubarb plants sent to me this spring, and so far, no leaves or stalks of any kind have emerged. Is this normal? How long does it take for bare-root rhubarb plants to show some growth? Thank you.
Laurie H on Jun 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I don't know because I planted mine in the fall and it came up in the spring. I do know you shouldn't take off stalks to use the first year.
I know it says grow zone from 4-9,but has anyone had good luck growing it in west Tn. ? thanks Pat
Patrick L on Dec 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I think rhubarb is pretty successful most anywhere in North America. I know friends in Atlanta growing it. It’s very popular in California even southern part where it never ever freezes.
Is the rubarb very tender or do you have peel the stalks?
Dena V on May 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Rhubarb does not need to be peeled.
How long does it take for the plant to sprout up once planted?
Blake M on Apr 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon the temperature, soil conditions and nutrients available to the plant. If it's well-watered (not over-watered) and is planted in good soil with good drainage, it could start to sprout in as little as a few weeks.
Does Starkrimson go to seed?
DAVID B. on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: David: I cut off the flower stalks as they emerge, so do not let plants flower, let alone go to seed. My plants are getting bigger each year. Am now dividing them after "harvest" this year as I've transplanted them to give them more room.
Do you want seed for propagation?

Customer Reviews

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Starkrimson Rhubarb
Very large divisions. Developed to large plants one year sooner than other varieties. Stems are narrower and a little shorter but make it up in quanity. Sweeter and a bit less sour. Better flavor in fresh & sauces. Baking does not develop the tartness as other varieties, but less sugar to mask it to. It grows in a heavier soil with more moisture. It seems to bolt less than others. I found Starkrimson division's to be a great value, productive and a great choice.
May 6, 2016
over 6 years ago
Starkrimson rhubarb
I recommend this plant to anyone wanting to start a new bed. The hardy stock takes off and spreads fast.. It takes very little attention. I stirred some steer manure in the dirt when I set the new roots, and it took off great.
April 22, 2016
over 5 years ago
Starkrimson Rhubarb
I have several plants of Starkrimson Rhubarb planted with several Valentine Rhubarb plants and I am very satisfied with both kinds. They mature a little different making the harvest season a little longer. My wife and I make lots of jam by including different kinds of fruit and it has always been a favorite with family and friends. I would highly recomend Starkrimson Rhubarb.
May 11, 2016
over 5 years ago
Beautiful Red
My rhubarb plant is still young but survived the winter and has beautiful red new growth. I'm looking forward to seeing it as a mature plant.
February 20, 2016
over 5 years ago
bountiful harvest
First harvest was 6 quarts frozen for later use. anticipate equal amount in another week. This from only two plants. Great rate of production of great rhubarb.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
I would like to have liked it!
I purchased two bare root plants, and placed them in a spot where I already had a rhubarb plant growing. The original one is flourishing, so I know the sun and soil are rhubarb-friendly. I followed all the depth and orientation directions, and waited patiently for the plants to sprout the next spring. Alas, neither of them ever came up. Not sure what happened......
May 13, 2016
over 5 years ago
The plants did very well and have all come back this year and are growing well. the plants more than doubled in size. We are satisfied with this purchase.
May 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
Wonderful Flavor
Love this Rhubarb. This is the second year its been in the ground and is producing large wonderful stalks of deep red Rhubarb. Great addition to any garden if you like Rhubarb.
May 11, 2016
over 5 years ago
Starkrimson Rhubarb
The problem I have had is getting plants to grow from what I originally purchased, we have one plant that has survived and finally had our first rhubard strawberry desert last evening and it was fantastic!
May 5, 2016
over 5 years ago
Great and prolific rhubarb
Good flavor! Does well in Colorado and comes back with a vengeance every spring.
April 22, 2016
over 6 years ago