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Post  GWN on Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:23 am

My mother had the most incredible rhubarb plant that had grown by many times over the years. Last year she went into a long term care facility and before the property was sold, I dug up the rhubarb and divided it up amongst the family keeping 6 plants for me.
NONE of the others I gave them to are really gardeners, but they planted the rhubarb and presto had a new huge rhubarb plant.
I planted all of mine, dug in compost etc and for some reason all of mine died. At least they appeared to have died, early fall before it even got cold the plant was down to nothing.
It does not seem fair, I wonder what I possibly am doing wrong, the plants are all in slightly different spots. I thought that growing rhubarb was fool proof .

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Post  camprn on Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:52 am

Fingers crossed that the plant grows back! It's nice to know that all the other daughter plants have made it. At least you can divide one of those next year if yours does not revive.
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2006/2-8/rhubarb.html

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Post  tomperrin on Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:47 am

The first time we planted asparagus, we planted the crowns upside down, and then wondered why we weren't getting any action. Fortunately, we were able to reverse our error, turned them rightside up and most survived and flourished.

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Post  camprn on Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:56 am

@tomperrin wrote:The first time we planted asparagus, we planted the crowns upside down, and then wondered why we weren't getting any action. Fortunately, we were able to reverse our error, turned them rightside up and most survived and flourished.
I have done this a few times as well. An easy error to make.

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Post  CindiLou on Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:08 pm

I have no idea how you would do it different. I have a hugggge patch that has been in the same place for the 16 yrs I have been here. It was established and well known before I bought the house even. I never do anything but cut off the seed stalks.

Rofl..neighbor lady one year "you need to compost and cover that rhubarb" ..her hubby"she is doing just fine with it, leave her alone" ....

Last year I did dig up a couple of smaller bunches that were in different places in the yard, and some that was growing out of the garden area..All bunches were planted and grew lol...yes the neighbor lady got some!

So I think rhubarb thrives on neglect...

oh I do make sure to put the leaves in between the plant when we pick to take care of weeds..guess that composts it!

That is all I have ever done with the bed.

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Post  GWN on Sat Jan 28, 2012 7:40 am

so perhaps I am just trying too hard
I am holding out the hope that as the snow melts and I pull away the straw, I will find a tiny bud pushing itself up in the spring........ even if just one.

One more detail that I am not sure if it was signigicant.
Two of the plants very rapidly sent up a seed head, which I promptly cut off ?????

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Post  CindiLou on Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:16 am

You cut the seed heads off. Letting it set seed may weaken the plant and it may die.
You can pick rhubarb all summer. There may be areas of the stalk that is bug eaten. Just cut that part out.

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Post  GWN on Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:13 am

Well this story has a happy ending. These rhubarb were totally dead last summer, no signs of life whatsoever.
Then I noticed this little gem and went looking and all 6 plants are alive and well, and sending tons of shoots up, ANY Great rhubarb jam recipes out there..... low sugar preferably

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Post  kittykat on Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:18 am

Yay!!!


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Post  Lavender Debs on Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:23 am

Can you do low-sugar rhubarb?

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Post  GWN on Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:29 am

Can you do low-sugar rhubarb?
good question, perhaps moderate?

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Post  camprn on Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:31 am

if you Google low sugar rhubarb jelly, jam, preserves, a ton of links pop up.

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