Victoria Rhubarb

Product Code: rvict

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?

Popular Sizes
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Container  10 8" 10" FedEx
#3 Container/Grow Bag 25 10" 15" FedEx
2' - 5' Bare Root 5 - 35 5 - 15" 2 - 5' FedEx
Containers/Grow Bags
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Container  10 8" 10" FedEx
#2 Container 15 12" 12" FedEx
#3 Container/Grow Bag 25 10" 15" FedEx
#5 Container/Grow Bag 40 14" 10" McKay Delivery*
#7 Container/Grow Bag 35 - 50 14 - 16" 1 - 2' McKay Delivery*
#10 Container/Grow Bag 55 - 70 18" 1 - 3' McKay Delivery*
#15 Container/Grow Bag 65 - 80 22" 2 - 3' McKay Delivery*
#20 Container/Grow Bag 100 - 160 24" 7 McKay Delivery*
#25 Container/Grow Bag 130 - 200 24 - 30" 8' McKay Delivery*
Bare Root
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Bare Root 5 5 - 8" (no soil on roots) 5 - 10" FedEx
12" Bare Root 5 - 10 5" (no soil on roots) 10 - 12" FedEx
15" Bare Root 8 - 10 10 - 12" (no soil on roots) 12 - 15" FedEx
18" Bare Root 10 - 15 10 - 15" (no soil on roots) 15 - 18" FedEx
2' Bare Root 15 12" (no soil on roots) 2' FedEx
3' Bare Root 20 15" (no soil on roots) 3' FedEx
4' Bare Root 25 18" (no soil on roots) 4' FedEx
5' Bare Root 30 20" (no soil on roots) 5' FedEx
6' Bare Root 35 22" (no soil on roots) 6' McKay Delivery*
8' Bare Root 40 22 - 24" (no soil on roots) 8' McKay Delivery*
9' Bare Root 45 24 - 30" (no soil on roots) 9' McKay Delivery*
1 3/4" caliper Bare Root 50 30" (no soil on roots) 5 - 6' McKay Delivery*
1 1/4" caliper Bare Root 55 32" (no soil on roots) 8 - 11' McKay Delivery*
1 1/2" caliper Bare Root 60 32" (no soil on roots) 10 - 12' McKay Delivery*
2 1/2" caliper Bare Root 65 32 - 35" (no soil on roots) 10 - 16' McKay Delivery*
Balled & Burlap (B&B)
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
2' tall B&B 50 12 - 16" 2'  McKay Delivery*
3' tall B&B 60 - 250 22 - 24" 4' McKay Delivery*
4' tall B&B 250 22 - 24"  5' McKay Delivery*
5' tall B&B 325 16 - 24" 5' McKay Delivery*
6' tall B&B 150 - 325 24 - 30"  6' McKay Delivery*
7' tall B&B 500 - 700 30"  7' McKay Delivery*
8' tall B&B 600 - 700 30 - 32" 8' McKay Delivery*
9' tall B&B 700 30 - 35" 9' McKay Delivery*
1 1/4" caliper B&B 250 - 700 22" - 28" 8 - 11' McKay Delivery*
1 1/2" caliper B&B 350 - 600 24" - 30"  10 - 12' McKay Delivery*
2" caliper B&B 600 - 700 28" - 32"  10 - 14' McKay Delivery*
2 1/2" caliper B&B 700 - 1,000 30" - 36" 10 - 16' McKay Delivery*
3" caliper B&B 850 - 1,200 34" - 38" 12 - 18' McKay Delivery*
3 1/2" caliper B&B 1,000 - 1,200 36"  3' McKay Delivery*

*McKay Delivery - This shipping method can only be used when your delivery address is within 60 miles of Waterloo, Wisconsin. McKay will hand delivery your nursery stock. We can delivey any size, but typically this shipping method is used for oversize items that FedEx cannot ship.

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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