Dreaming of Crumble


This Rhubarb has a purpose in life…


After four (or is it five?) years I’m hoping it will finally produce enough for a decent crumble this year!

It’s in my flower bed – completely the wrong position, but was one of my first plants before the rockery took shape… Any tips for growing rhubarb are very welcome!

33 thoughts on “Dreaming of Crumble

  1. My plant was, I think, three years old before it produced its first decent harvest last year. I mulch it with lots of compost in the autumn and again in spring, but it still tries to grow more flowers than leaves every year – and I’m growing in Yorkshire, famous for being the best place to grow rhubarb!

  2. Ooooh, I love rhubarb crumble too! Just put a rhubarb plant in my garden last summer, after all these years of wishing I had one. I believe it takes a while to grow a significant plant to use but that they essentially look after themselves. My neighbour had a huge one in the back of her property and never looked after it at all.

  3. I just noticed our green rhubarb coming up yesterday. It looks about like this but no leaves yet. I’m hoping the red rhubarb gets going soon.

      • The green one we have is called “Victoria” and the red “Canada Red”. I like them both. The red had thicker but fewer stalks that are red. The green produces lots of stalks that are green. There’s a bit of a bitter flavor to the green. But, I usually mix them and don’t really notice.

  4. Rhubarb are hungry plants and need lots of rich moist soil, well rotted horse manure is the usual recommendation for a good crop. I planted one in January 2012 (not the right time to plant but I bought it when I was in the UK for Christmas, I didn’t pick any last year of course but I have picked a few sticks this year and the plant seems healthy enough for me to pick a little more. Good luck with yours, I love rhubarb crumble too; have you tried also adding a banana to the mixture (it’s very good). Christina

    • I’m afraid the manure is out of the question as the dogs would probably want to roll in it! LOL! Funny you should mention banana, as I have been thinking about trying that combination. Now I definitely will try it! Thanks Christina!

  5. Rhubarb needs a rich organic soil. So a good mulch of organic material in the winter. It is also hungry, so well rooted manure is good, so is seaweed but if this is not possible mix some pelleted manure in with some compost (garden or purchased). Plenty of water and if it looks a bit feeble use a high nitrogen liquid feed. If that doesn’t work, I would lift it and replant in some richer soil in the autumn.
    When you finally get enough for a crumble try it with some stem ginger!

    • Thanks for all that good advice. Rich soil is a bit difficult here, but I can give it some compost and plenty of water as a start. I’ll start the search for some stem ginger now – being the optimist I am! πŸ˜‰

  6. I absolutely adore rhubarb, but I don’t grow it myself. We have a large plant in the community garden that we all share…last year, there was such a clamouring for stalks that the garden leaders surrounded the plant with yellow caution tape and restricted us to two stalks each. Barely enough for crumble, LOL!

  7. I’ve just planted my first one this year but I was told fertile soil is what it wants, put some manure round it or chicken poo pellets. I was told not to eat mine for 2 years. I was also told to never force it as it weakens the plant. Aargh, I can’t wait that long!!!

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