Bright red petioles, ruffled edges, huge...

jadie88(7 MD)April 24, 2014

AND edible! My sweet neighbor came by today and pointed out her favorite of all my hostas. She loves how big and ruffled it is, and it's leafed out way ahead of the rest of the bunch.

Introducing hosta 'Rhubarb Patch' :)

...anyone else have great stories from the un-initiated?

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don_in_colorado

Is that a sport of 'Royal Rhubarb', Jadie?

Don B.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 3:42PM
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beverlymnz4

Oh, you got me:) Red pets and ruffles are a favorite of mine.
Beverly

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 4:13PM
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mikgag Z5b NS Canada

I'll pay $750 for a division !!!!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 5:27PM
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bernd ny zone5

Plus that rhuhosta also will have very architectural 6 ft flower stalks. Rabbits, voles and squirrels do not seem to eat it.
Bernd

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 5:35PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Mikgag: Sold! In fact, I'm feeling generous, for that price I'll give you the whole mature clump. Can't promise it will TC well, though.

Bernd: Good point. I'll market it as the first deer-proof, rabbit-proof, slug-proof hosta. It's money in the bank. Except I just sold it to Mikgag. Dang!

Don: I think its a cross between 'Regal Rhubarb' and unregistered h. 'BS'

So, the worst part is, I never told her it was rhubarb! I knew she'd be so embarassed. She kinda said it in passing anyway, so I let it go.

I'll have to make her my fabulous Strawberry Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake and break it to her then. :)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 5:57PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i had a city tour... extremely elderly lady.. had to be near 90 if she was a day .... seemed just so happy to be out with her daughter ...

took the time to talk with me ... and blather on about how great the yard looked.. and proceeded to tell me she had all three hosta also ... but they didnt look as good as mine ... [which of course.. was her saving grace.. lol]

i thanked her.. and invited her back any time she wanted ...

ken

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 6:21PM
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don_in_colorado

I've heard that the particular variety you have DOES grow true from seed, Jadie...Astounding cultivar.

Don B.

This post was edited by Don_in_Colorado on Fri, Apr 25, 14 at 11:44

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 9:06PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Indeed it does! I'd say this is a great accomplishment for such a newcomer to the hosta world. Look out Olga, theres a new girl in town! ;-)

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 9:22PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

So....that explains why my DH has planted two rhubarb plants....he has hosta envy! I'm waiting to see if they look as good as your Regal Rhubarb. Hope they survive.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 9:43PM
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miketropic

I just got a potted rhubarb and it has a flower comming out of it. should I cut it off to get bigger leaves? not really growing it to eat just for foliage

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 10:50PM
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jadie88(7 MD)

Yep, get rid of the flower stalks. Rather than cutting it, though, just pull it out...give it a twist if it puts up a fight. Yanking it out supposedly stimulates the growth response more powerfully than cutting.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 10:54PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Jadie, who's your booking agent please? LOL
Thanks for the great laughs, everyone!
Btw we grow them so big here we call them Regal Supreme R'barbs.

"Look out, Olga there's a new girl in town" - priceless!

it's almost three am here and I'm making some serious noise reading these comments, ssshhhh..I better go to sleep --- if I can stop chuckling!

Jadie...spill the beans - post your delicious sounding recipe!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 2:56AM
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miketropic

I just got a potted rhubarb and it has a flower comming out of it. should I cut it off to get bigger leaves? not really growing it to eat just for foliage

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 3:19AM
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jadie88(7 MD)

You got it, Jo! This recipe is to die for. Very rich though...a little goes a long way. It ends up with a soft, bread pudding like consistency.

Strawberry Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake

1/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar
2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb stalks (or 10 ounces frozen)
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries, or more to taste
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 stick (1/2 c) butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

preheat oven to 400ðF. Butter an 8-inch square glass baking dish.

Stir together water, cornstarch, and 1/3 cup sugar in a small saucepan, then stir in rhubarb. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, then simmer, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in strawberries.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl.

Whisk together egg, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl, then whisk in flour mixture only until just combined.

Reserve 1/2 cup fruit mixture, then add remainder to baking dish and pour batter over it, spreading evenly. Drizzle reserved 1/2 cup fruit mixture over batter. Bake until a wooden pick inserted into center of cake portion comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 5 minutes before serving.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 6:43AM
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bernd ny zone5

The leaves of Rhubarb can be all twisted off and petioles eaten, new leaves will grow and look good again same year. This would be a good companion plant to hostas. One year we let the flowers grow and were impressed, there would be several flower stalks (scapes). Perhaps they have cultivars with different color flowers. Bernd

Here is a link that might be useful: Rhubarb cultivars

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 9:09AM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Much obliged, Jadie! It sounds easy and uncomplicated :-) but most of all, YUMMY! Thank you.

Jo

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 9:48AM
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LeafyKeen(7 (East TN))

Hah! Beautiful plant. :) Now that's a pie crust edge. ( as in you can make pies with it...hehe)

Ken, that was sweet of you to be so nice to the elderly lady. Not too long ago I was in the "green ones" and "green and white ones" group. I'm still learning how many fun shapes colors and sizes hostas come in!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 8:59PM
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