Rhubarb Contributes to Fall Colors

larry_geneOctober 20, 2009

Who needs to take a trip to New England when they have rhubarb in the yard?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Pretty. Mine never does that, just turns ugly greenish/yellow and dies. Could be a climate thing or a cultivar thing.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 11:49AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


A question: I have ten year-old rhubarb plants that I did not harvest from this year. Would it be feasible to harvest their stalks now before they succumb to frost or do they need to stay on until dead?? I know not to harvest after a killing frost as the dangerous oxalic acid in the leaves migrates back into the stalks. I guess I'm being impatient, but I'd sure love some fresh rhubarb now.



    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 2:08PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Brook, as long as the stalks haven't gotten either so tough and woody or so soft and spongy as to be unsuable, not a problem, go ahead.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2009 at 3:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alexander3_gw(6 Pennsylvania)

larry_gene, what variety is that?

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 8:50AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have no idea, these are plant that came with the house purchased in 1990. The first picture is of a plant with thick red stalks and the second picture below is of a plant with medium-thick green stalks. They are probably common varieties found prior to 1990. 31 pounds harvested from the two plants this year, 10 pounds remain, all flat on the ground.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 11:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bejay9_10(zone 9/10)

That's encouraging. I thought rhubarb only grew in real cold climates. It has never survived for me here. Perhaps it would be worth re-trying.

Does it get full sun in summer? Wish I new the variety.


    Bookmark   October 23, 2009 at 9:40AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'm in Portland, zone 8; you're zone 10--if on the west coast, would be the equivalent of Sacramento. I think you'd have to keep the rhubarb watered daily and partially shaded in that climate.

Even in Portland, I see mostly spindly, suffering rhubarb. It is usually planted in poor, dry, weedy soil by many casual gardeners. Even this will provide one seasonal dessert when combined with strawberries, that is what most people want out of rhubarb.

So the growing conditions matter more than the variety.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2009 at 10:58PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Apple varieties evaluations 2005-2015
Hi some people here several months ago asked for a...
Scott F Smith
Apple scions. Help please.
Hello. It's sure nice to see familiar names and faces,...
How does well water with Rust affect pH?
We use well water with lots of rust in it. Will it...
Helen Zone 6 Ohio
Asian pear spray in first year
Just planted a dwarf asian pear from Starks. Do I need...
ferroplasm Zone 7b
Can Apples grow in the tropics?
I was wondering if apples could really be grown in...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™