The Very Green Gardener

Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum)

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Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum)

15.00

Gotta love old red-stalk rhubarb! This is a real staple in crafting, cooking and preserving. It is high in vitamin C and bulks up any strawberry or apple- based dessert. Rhubarb leaves have a high amount of mordant in, for setting dye; the stems are popular in tibet for dyeing yellow and orange. Rhubarb leaves can be brewed like tea and sprayed on plants to deter bugs- it is the most powerful tool in my organic toolbox for deterring pests. I know I’m supposed to talk more about the plant, but I just love using rhubarb!

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Gotta love old red-stalk rhubarb! This is a real staple in crafting, cooking and preserving. It is high in vitamin C and bulks up any strawberry or apple- based dessert. Rhubarb leaves have a high amount of mordant in, for setting dye; the stems are popular in tibet for dyeing yellow and orange. Rhubarb leaves can be brewed like tea and sprayed on plants to deter bugs- it is the most powerful tool in my organic toolbox for deterring pests. I know I’m supposed to talk more about the plant, but I just love using rhubarb!

One of the best things about gardening with rhubarb is that it’s both beautiful and hard to kill. If you plant it in shade, its leaves will grow enormous and the stems thicken well. One of my few superstitions is that you should bury a dead animal under rhubarb, but I think this is based in its need for a lot of rich soil and fertilisers to become its best self.

In landscaping, I will often dedicate a small slope or dark corner to 7-10 rhubarb plants so that they can form a groundcover in an area that otherwise would be ignored- because the area is dark, its unlikely to be used for other plants, and because rhubarb is a food, that area of the garden gets more attention and foot traffic during harvesting. Rhubarb will tolerate all number of conditions but unless you will carefully feed and water it regularly (which is the ideal), I suggest semi shade and rich soil. Rhubarb loves fresh compost!

Because rhubarb is propagated by root division and needs a crown to grow, we can’t offer cuttings or root divisions at a lower cost. Do, however, ask us to cut off the tops and leaves to keep your shipping costs down.