Rhubarb going to seed

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Rhubarb going to seed

Post: #259531 MEL78
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:09 am

Help needed no matter how quickly I am pulling off the seed heads every other day more are coming.....is there anything I can do.....it quite a substantial mature plant .......

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Re: Rhubarb going to seed

Post: #259533 MKG
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:47 am

Just keep pulling them off. If they're REALLY insistent, then the plant is probably under stress, so it may be time to think about Playtexing it - lift and separate (well, divide as far as rhubarb's concerned).

But do remember that the whole point of a plant is to go to seed. It isn't abnormal. Just bloody awkward sometimes :iconbiggrin:

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Re: Rhubarb going to seed

Post: #259543 MEL78
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:39 pm

Thanks Mike its on a plot I took over last year so don't know how old it is , I'll separate it at the end of the year.....however most of the other allotments seem to have the same problem......

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Re: Rhubarb going to seed

Post: #259606 wulf
Tue May 01, 2012 9:48 am

It is possible they all came from the same source at the same time (if a previous plot holder divided up rhubarb and shared the roots around). They will certainly have been in fairly similar conditions.

Have you got the plant well fertilised and well watered?

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Re: Rhubarb going to seed

Post: #260616 Lawrence
Wed May 16, 2012 7:04 pm

At least you can get it to grow!
Every time I try, it either just dies or something eats it.
If I had one going to seed, I am pretty sure I would view it as an opportunity to grow a new generation from seed.
I am sure that I read somewhere that each generation of plant adapts further to its environment and therefore performs better.

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Re: Rhubarb going to seed

Post: #260650 boboff
Thu May 17, 2012 4:38 am

I agree Lawrence. I planted about 80 from seed a couple of years ago, and this year 1/4 are going to seed, I still have lots of Rhubarb, and now lots of seed coming. Free Seed, whats wrong with that? you just have to have more plants! ( I am lucky in having the room)
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