Rhubarb harvest?

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tommy the cat

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I divided a Rhubarb up in the late winter and each eye has done really well, in fact better than the mother plant.
My question is I I have read about not taking off the plant first season a bit second season etc but I'm not sure if this refers to divided plants???
Your enlightenment is much appreciated ☺ d

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uncleboob

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My understanding is that (as you've said) you leave all the plants alone at least for one season. I guess picking the stems stimulates regrowth which in turn places a strain on the newly formed plant...I may be wrong


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British Red

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This years growth is based on last years stored energy. Given that each plant has had its roots disturbed and damaged, they are much better left alone for a year.
 

Quixoticgeek

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Leave them for a year. If you can give them a feed/mulch of something really low release, wool scrags are the traditional feed, it will help.

I too divided some of my rhubarb this year. I didn't do it all so I could have a harvest. I will be doing the rest this coming winter, and I can harvest the stuff I divided last winter next spring.

I also take the approach of not harvesting past about june/july time. So the plant can focus it's energy in storing enough to get through the coming winter. I do tend to get my first harvest in sometime around February tho.

Which variety do you have?

Julia
 

tommy the cat

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Thanks BR I think alas it may be too far to drive for a pudding?!
Bowland er the plants look great.
The one the stalks are quit thin but the others are thriving.

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