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Old 06-01-2015, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I've never grown rhubarb before but I bought a couple of plants this year.

Right now they're still in the pots they came in, but those are in bigger pots on either side of my steps. They seem happy there. Before winter I want them in the ground in a flower bed. How close do they have to be to grow the stems?

What happens if I don't cut them this year? Or should I before planting? My neighbor used to cut them between Memorial Day and July 4th, then mulch them and forget them until the next year but hers were already well established before I ever entered the picture.

Going to get a green thumb if I have to use Rits. lol


oops-gardening zone 5
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:09 AM
 
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I used to have several plants. I basically did nothing to them besides cut the branches off and keep them watered. We were living in a zone 6a, so I covered them with pine needles about a foot deep before the first snow. They always produced well. I gave them to my parents when I moved and the plants are doing great in their garden.

Growing Rhubarb in the Home Garden, HYG-1631-04
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Thanks, scofflin.


Very helpful link too.
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Old 06-05-2015, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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I've always read that you shouldn't cut them their first year in the ground, to give them time to establish. The second year, you should do light harvesting on them, and then they should be okay.
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