Rhubarb plant for saleis best purchased and planted in the spring as soon as the soil is workable. This plant is typically grown from one year old rhubarb crowns. Healthy rhubarb plants can yield harvests up to 5 to 8 years or even longer.
Here are the things you need to know before buying and growing your own rhubarb plant:
- Location – Rhubarb plants are best grown in areas where the ground freezes in winter. They need an extended chilling period to produce a crop of stems. The usual temperature requirement for this plant is below 40 degrees. They do not do well in hot, dry weather. Choose your planting site carefully as the rhubarb plant do not transplant easily. Select an open site with full sun or light shade.
- Soil – Choose a slightly acidic, well-draining soil which is rich in organic matter like well-rotted manure or compost. Ideal soil pH is 6.0 to 6.8. Plant your rhubarb in raised beds if you have heavy clay soil. Plant the roots with the crown bud 2 inches below the surface of the soil to prevent rotting. Mulch the soil with a 2 inches layer of compost, straw or shredded bark.