Victoria

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Rhubarb 'Victoria' (Rheum)
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The classic Victoria Rhubarb 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 of ‘Victoria’ are large (some as long as 4 feet) so you’ll need to give the plants plenty of room. Two physical characteristics of ‘Victoria’ that made it stand out from other varieties were its bright red color and large stems. And because it’s a perennial, it will yield years of copious harvests with little trouble and few pests. Hardiness zone 3. *Final photo is showing what the bare root rhubarb plants look like upon arrival.

Planting & Care for Edible Plants – Victoria Rhubarb

Preparation

  • The classic Victoria Rhubarb 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 of ‘Victoria’ are large (some as long as 4 feet) so you’ll need to give the plants plenty of room.
  • Two physical characteristics of ‘Victoria’ that made it stand out from other varieties were its bright red color and large stems.
  • 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.

Opening Plant Material

  • Bare Root - Cut open the bundle (top and roots are tied) and separate all the plants. DO NOT soak roots in buckets of water until planted. Each plant type will be labeled separately for identification. Do not expose the roots to sun. They should never dry out. Keep roots covered. All bare-root plants must be trimmed when planted. 

Planting Bare Root Bundles

  • (DO NOT soak roots prior to planting)
  • Plant Rhubarb 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart in rich, well-drained garden soil with the root planted just under the soil.
  • Water well to settle soil in and roots.
  • Do not put fertilizer in hole when planting.
  • Fertilize Rhubarb liberally with composted manure annually.

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.

 

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Handling & Planting Guidelines

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Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The classic Victoria Rhubarb 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 of ‘Victoria’ are large (some as long as 4 feet) so you’ll need to give the plants plenty of room.
  • Two physical characteristics of ‘Victoria’ that made it stand out from other varieties were its bright red color and large stems.
  • 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. 

How do we dig our bare root plants?

 

What does a bare root plant look like?

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 3-8

Color: Green, Pink, Red
Plant Size: 4' tall x 2-3' wide
Flower Color: Green-white
Fruit: Green, red, pink
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: Yes
Native: No

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