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Warning, don’t eat rhubarb leaves. But what about the roots?

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The Wrigglers talk Rhubarb. Don’t eat rhubarb leaves, they are very high in oxalic acid, which quickly causes kidney failure in humans.

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The best way to plant rhubarb is to plant rhubarb crowns. What’s more, this time of year is perfect for dividing your Rhubarb crown.

What are Rhubarb crowns

Crowns are a piece of root with 2-3 dormant buds visible. Now’s the time to think about planting them – late autumn, 90cm or more apart, depending on the eventual spread of your cultivar. Rhubarb will grow well in a sunny, open site, on a wide range of soils, as long as it has been well-prepared with plenty of manure or compost.

Rhubarb – what you might not know?

Rhubarb is a vegetable – but often used as a fruit.

In the United Kingdom, the first rhubarb of the year is harvested by candlelight in forcing sheds – dotted around the rhubarb triangle between Wakefield, Leeds and Morely – where light is excluded, to produce a sweeter, more tender stalk.

That’s enough of the worms, here’s some tip-top advise from the experts

Gardening know how – Dividing Rhubarb

Lots of info on growing Rhubarb

@TheMontyDon has a video on dividing Rhubarb – pretty simple

@lucyhall_GW talks about why Rhubarb keeps blooming

Dividing perennials in full

This is useful for every type of perennial you divide:

Introduction to Dividing Perennials


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