Introduction to Growing Rhubarb

Do you want to begin growing rhubarb? Or, have you been growing rhubarb for a long time and simply want to get fresh ideas or helpful suggestions? This growing corner will teach you how to grow rhubarb.

Planting Summary

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  • 3’ between plants
  • 5’ – 6’ between rows
  • Set buds about 1" below soil surface


  • Keep soil moist throughout the establishment period


  • Mix ¼ cup of 10–10–10 per plant into topsoil before planting
  • In succeeding springs, mix 1 cup 10–10–10 per plant in a circle around the plant
  • Does well with various animal manures – apply manure or compost after plants begin to grow
  • pH: 6.0 – 6.8

Weed Control

  • Thorough, manual weeding is necessary
  • Compost or straw mulch will help

Special Considerations

  • Do not harvest the first year
  • Immediately snap off any seed stalks that appear since they will restrict the plants’ growth

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