Oxalic acid would make it sour.
The plant needs frost.
Weather and moisture have a great effect on the plants tenderness,
"sweetness", edibility, etc. Hot, dry temps and you can just about forget
it. However, when the temps are agreeable and the rain plentiful, it is
possible to harvest rhubarb long into summer months. I recall once
harvesting it in southern Wisconsin well into July and early August.
Rhubarb pie is a sure sign that spring has arrived.
Plant them in full sun, if you can. Give each crown a 3 or 4 foot circle
to fill, and it will fill it.
Go find a couple of buckets full of horse or cow manure, quick. Dig a
couple of holes. Dump most of the manure in the holes, plant the rhubarb.
Top dress the crowns with the leftover manure. Water them in good.
If you can't find cow poop, use compost. Rhubarb is a heavy feeder.
Plant them in full sun, in a place where they can get 3' wide without
ticking anyone off. We use them for foundation plantings up here in
Alaska. They look cool and you can eat the stems :) (I have recipes.)
In the fall, get ahold of buckets of rotted horse or cow manure and just
dump them on top of your rhubarb plants, after the leaves have rotted
down from the killing frost. Rhubarb *loves* manure. Pile it on,
and you'll have happy plants.
Rhubarb is hardy in USDA Zone 1. I live in USDA Zone 4 and we can't
get rid of it with a napalm strike. It's hardy as hell.
Rhubarb and strawberries are a natural combo in pies.
Thanks, Jan for your detailed reply. I now khow where and when and how
to plant. Your reply has special meaning because I grew up in the
Yukon, your neighbour! We lived in a trailer in a gravel pit so nothing
Did you grow up in Dawson City or one of the other mining camps? Trailers
and gravel pits seem to sprout like mushrooms around miners : ) Rhubarb
will grow in mining camp gravel -- I've done it! (Used to gold mine in
the 40mile, just across the border from Dawson, and did all of my
grocery shopping in Dawson.)
You're welcome! Be sure to put some of your earliest rhubarb in the
freezer, for sauce over ice cream in the winter.
Grew up in Whitehorse area. Have been to Dawson a couple of times,
Liked Fairbanks very much. Dawson City has excellent soil and sun for
growing. Many fantastic gardens in
Dawson. Whitehorse does less well but I am not sure why. With Gold
doing better more recently there
should be a return to gold mining in Alaska and the Yukon.
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