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Rhubarb Crimson Red (Rheum)

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Product ID#: rcrir
Product Description
Sun Exposure Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Bloom Time Spring, Summer
Soil Conditions Normal, Sandy
Flower Color White
Fruit Color Green, Red, Pink
Mature Plant Size (H x W) 2-3' x 3-4'
In summer, tall and bold spikes of white flowers appear high above the foliage. This edible is known to do very well in the Pacific Northwest! Don't harvest the stalks until the second year and divide the root crowns every 4-5 years. The Crimson Red Rhubarb can be planted in beds, borders, and containers. The leaves are highly toxic. They should be removed and discarded before the stalks are used in cooking.
  • sunshade Sun, Part Sun/Shade
  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): 2-3' x 3-4'
  • Bloom Season Bloom Season: Spring, Summer
Key features
  • Edible to People
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Edible Plants – Rhubarb

Preparation
  • This is a heavy producer. It has thick, tender stalks with a tart flavor that are excellent for pies and sauces.
  • Plant the root-stocks at least 3 to 4 feet apart after your area’s last frost.
  • The stems and leaves are large (some as long as 4 feet) so you’ll need to give the plants plenty of room.
  • And because it’s a perennial, it will yield years of copious harvests with little trouble and few pests.
  • Hardiness zone 3.
  • Plant in fall and spring.
  • Begin harvesting rhubarb plants the second year for two weeks. The third year, harvest for 6 weeks. After the third year, harvest until the stalks become thinner.
  • When harvesting, gently pull the stem from the crown area of the root so you remove the stem’s base. Cutting off the stems with a knife leaves a stump to rot and perhaps introduce damaging insects to the plant. By pulling off the entire stem, you’ll actually create a spot for more leaves to form, so you can maintain production throughout summer.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • Established clumps will have to be trimmed every 4 to 5 years or when the stalks get small and spindly or when the crown is visibly crowded. This will help the plant to keep growing nice thick stems. This is done by digging around and trimming the crown down to 4 or 5 buds.
Watering - After Planting
  • If summer brings about one to one and a half inches of rainfall every week or so, you won’t need to use the hose. But if it gets really dry, you can give your new plant a good, thorough soaking. The best way to do this is to let your garden hose trickle slowly. This gives the water a chance to soak in instead of running off. You can also use a soaker hose to water several plants at once.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • Water newly planted crowns, and keep soil moist throughout the growing season. 
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

Learn More

Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.

Plant Sizing

What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?

Shipping Times

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Shipping Dates by Region*

 

Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th

 

Shipping Dates by Season*

 

Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November

 

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