Easily grown in fertile, medium moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best grown from root divisions (a section of root with one or more buds or eyes). Plant root sets 3-4' apart in early spring.

Do not harvest stalks until second year, and only harvest up to 50-60% so the plant retains its nutrition for the next year. Divide root crowns every 3 to 4 years. Needs even moisture. Promptly remove all flower/seed stalks as soon as they appear.

This cold hardy plant needs a period of winter dormancy.

Garden Uses

Grow on the periphery of the vegetable garden where roots can remain undisturbed. Rhubarb can also be planted in a corner of the perennial border for its ornamental foliage value (large green leaves contrasting with deep red stalks) with no intent to harvest the stalks.


Hardiness zone: 3 to 8

Height:                2 to 3 feet

Spread:               3 to 4 feet

Sun:                    Full sun to part shade

Water:                 Medium

Maintenance:      Low

Flower:               Showy

Leaf:                   Colorful

Resistant for:      Rabbits, Deer

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