Rhubarb Victoria 20 Seeds
An edible rhubarb that is pretty enough to use as an ornamental. Victoria sports huge leaves and thick, greens talks that are reddish towards the base. Use the stalks only. They can also be canned or frozen for later.
Rhubarb is easy to grow in cool climates and is a perennial. Rhubarb can be left in the ground and will return a crop for many years, at least 10 to 15 years (We have one that is more than 20 yrs old). Rhubarb is quite a hardy crop but the crown will rot if in heavy wet clay soils. It can cope with dry periods. Plant in good soil and remove as many weeds as possible. Do not disturb rhubarb roots when cultivating round the plant. Better in cooler climates, but can be grown in shady areas of warm climates. You can lift and divide rhubarb to make more plants . It is best to do this when the plant is dormant ( or at least less actively growing) in winter or late autumn. It is best to wait until a plant is about 5 years old before dividing the crown but it can be moved at any age. Some of the root structure will be damaged when lifting it, so stalk production will not be so good for a few months. If you have mild winters and your rhubarb is still producing new stalks, you can continue to pick it. Although rhubarb is used in desserts and jams, it is considered a vegetable because the stalks are used not the fruit.
NB Do not eat the leaves or roots as they contain oxalic acid which is poisonous. They should not be fed to poultry or stock either.
Remove flower stalks as they appear as the plant will stop producing leaf stalks when flowering.
Rhubarb can be 'forced' by covering dormant crowns with clay pots or a cloche in early spring.
Culinary hints - cooking and eating Rhubarb
Pick stems about the thickness of your finger. Large stems will have tough 'strings' down the length of them.
Use in pies, crumbles, fools and jams. Rhubarb goes well with orange.
Will usually need sweetener.
- Sow Cool Climate: Avoid Hot & Cold Periods.
- Sow Warm Climate: Mar-Oct
- Depth: 3 x Seed Diameter
- Soil Temp: 10-25 °C
- Emerge: 7-14 Days
- Spacing: 15-20 cm
- Harvest: 3-5 Weeks
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Rhubarb SeedsBy: Keith Patford on 4 June 2019Unable to review at present.............I can't plant the seeds until spring and then the proof will be in the pudding !..If the seeds propagate then, I will have no hesitation in giving a good review.