Rhubarb Month on October, 2017: Moving established rhubarb?
October, 2017 is Rhubarb Month 2017.
If they have been growing in one spot this long, they need to be divided. After digging the entire plant up, use a shovel and divide the root ball in half or quarters. Replant in new spot and water well. They will grow with new vitality after dividing the roots. Rhubarb is almost impoossible to kill, so just do it now and enjoy it all year in the new location.
Anyone know about Rhubarb ?
Your rhubarb plant has gone to seed, also referred to as 'bolting'. Garden plants in which you eat the foliage [do NOT eat the rhubarb leaf as it is toxic -eat ONLY the stalk] will flower eventually under the correct conditions. Your rhubarb thought it was time to call it a season and flower. Some ways to prolong a plant before it bolts are to restrict the amount of sunlight and heat. Living in Utah, your rhubarb was probably in heaven and decided to show its appreciation by growing a flower; not knowing that it's people would rather have the stalk!
Living in Wisconsin, I have rhubarb for a few months and have prolonged my plant productivity by planting it in a spot where it gets only the morning sun and is in cooling shade in the afternoon. The same is true of my salad plants -morning sun and afternoon shade- and they do not bolt until the end of summer.
Hope this helps.
how do you perpair rhubarb for a pie?
To prepare rhubarb:
1. Remove all leaves and discard.
2. Wash with cool water and dry well with paper towels.
3. The stringy outer layer of the stalks can be removed with a vegetable peeler.
4. Cut the stalks into 1/2-inch pieces.
Then follow your recipe directions for the pie.
NOTE: If you are not going to use the rhubarb immediately, you can freeze them in a airtight container for up to 6 months. Do not thaw before using it in your recipe.
The Cake Lady