Planting & Growing Rhubarb

By on January 31, 2012

In this video, Tricia shares her tips for planting and growing rhubarb.

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My rhubarb, planted 2 years ago in zone 5, keeps developing flowers (with seeds?).  I would love direction as to what to do when this happens, is it supposed to happen, why does it happen. Thank you!

Posted by Dawn on Apr. 28, 2018 at 11:49:22 AM

Dawn, it is normal for a plant to flower and go to seed. It is trying its best to reproduce. There is nothing wrong with your plant flowering. There are several reasons why it may be flowering (or bolting). Age, heat, stress or the variety. Some things that you can do that might help to reduce stress is mulch heavily around the plant to help keep the roots cool, keeping it watered, fertilize and make sure it is disease and pest free. If your rhubarb is old (which yours is not), it helps to divide it. If you have an unusual warm spring, that may send it into flower.

Posted by Suzanne at on Apr. 30, 2018 at 12:15:28 PM


Hi Suzanne, Thank you for your quick and helpful response. Another question please:  Hopefully we were to cut off the seed parts (there were 3-4 of them) as we did this weekend. We will heavily mulch and add more water (it’s mostly dry here in NE Kansas, hot in summers and usually always very windy!). Thanks for your help!  Dawn

Posted by Dawn on Apr. 30, 2018 at 12:21:19 PM

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