The photo is from Shutterstock, not from our garden, but we finally have a rhubarb plant worthy of the name.
We moved onto this yard in the fall of 2007. The house had been placed here a few years earlier and trees planted around it — poplar, caragana, lilac, Manitoba maple — the kind of trees that grow quickly and survive in our cold winters and dry summers. But there was no rhubarb, and a place can’t be called a home without a rhubarb plant or two in the backyard.
The next spring I bought a rhubarb plant at the Canadian Tire garden centre. I planted it in a back corner of the garden. It grew — but so did the trees. That poor rhubarb plant did it’s best, coming up every spring and trying to survive, but never amounted to much. The trees shaded it and their roots sucked up the available moisture.
Last fall we prepared a new spot for it, in an open area far from the trees. I dug deep so as to get all the root and we transplanted it. This spring it rewarded us with prolific growth. This is what it had been waiting for all along.
Today we had rhubarb crisp for dinner dessert, and was it ever good! I’m not sure what variety this plant is, but it is the least astringent-tasting rhubarb that I have ever eaten. I wonder if I can find a second plant, so we can eat rhubarb all summer long in coming years?
2 thoughts on “It took twelve years”
Iwould be interesting to find out if you get any feedback on your query about the second plant of rhubarb getting you a summers worth of rhubarb ?? Maybe your thought was too process and freeze the rhubarb, at least the excess that you couldn’t consume in the early summer. For some reason my impression is that you need to continually use the plant so that it keeps producing rhubarb. But I am not a gardener, just speaking from what my impression is as a 30 year old male … I’d sure be interested to hear what some people have to advise you on this … have a great day !!
I believe rhubarb can be over harvested. I have read suggestions that the max would be 1 to 1.5 kg per year.