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The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158240 lsm1066
Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:40 am

The world seems divided into two camps so I thought I'd ask you lot.

My rhubarb (which I only got as a crown from my dad's plant last year) has flowered. So the debate is this. Cut it off or leave it.

Discuss :mrgreen:

Lynne

ps. I cut it off, but only because my daddy made me do it :cry:

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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158241 ina
Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:52 am

Depends whether you want it as an ornamental, or to produce food for you... I cut it off.
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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158244 prison break fan
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:16 am

Definitely cut it off. Mine did the same earlier in the year, and now I am picking again. pbf.

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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158245 eccentric_emma
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:23 am

yep cut it off. mine flowered last year and there was a distinct reduction in stems. once i cut it off they got going again.
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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158252 lsm1066
Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:48 am

Oh my giddy aunt! If that's a reduction in stems, I'm going to be farming the stuff! Maybe I should have left it after all. I took about 10lbs off it before it flowered and the same again after, but before I cut the flower spike off. Still, with that amount I guess the last thing I need is rhubarb seeding all over the orchard. Mind you, the toads live in it and hibernate under it, so that probably accounts for the lack of slugs in that part of the garden :lol:

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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158265 ina
Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:32 am

Can you send me some of those toads, please? My cat likes to sit under the rhubarb - but she's useless against the slugs... :lol:
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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158270 Peggy Sue
Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:49 am

My slugs live under the Rhubarb :(
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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158275 Millymollymandy
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:07 am

Blackie the hen and Dilly the duck are DEAD under the rhubarb! :lol: Mind you it hasn't made any difference to the rhubarb, it was forced then moved 2-3 years ago and still hasn't recovered enough to pick any stems. Maybe they don't like chook and hen fertiliser? :(
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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158279 Derry
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:19 am

we break the flower stems off as they appear, and we've got about 7 rhubarb plants.. they keep multiplying =]

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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158280 wolfsong
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:20 am

just a bit of topic, but my rhubarb gets little bored holes in it that bruise it, giving off a waxy substance... i think it may be bugs or ants... not quite sure.
its annoying cos i only got one crop of it, it's flowered and the spikes are too much effort to process, there ain't much left! :scratch: :scratch:
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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158291 ina
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:58 am

Millymollymandy wrote:it was forced then moved 2-3 years ago and still hasn't recovered enough to pick any stems. Maybe they don't like chook and hen fertiliser? :(


They like neither forcing nor moving - need a lot of time to recover.
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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158330 Cornelian
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:52 pm

I had no idea you were 'supposed' to cut off the flower stems. I've always let mine flower and they still produce leaves/stalks like mad. Mine grow all year round, too ... they're like triffids ...
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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158339 ina
Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:41 am

Cornelian wrote: Mine grow all year round, too ... they're like triffids ...


Well - I do think your climate is slightly different to ours... :wink:
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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #158383 Cornelian
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:05 pm

ina wrote:
Cornelian wrote: Mine grow all year round, too ... they're like triffids ...


Well - I do think your climate is slightly different to ours... :wink:


True - I am blessed by my climate for growing things here, but then I moved to Tasmania specifically for that reason. Most mainlanders think we are encased in snow the year round, but in reality we have a lovely mild climate, esp in winter. Here we are in mid-winter and my peach trees are still happily leaved. Things stop growing for a bit in the very coldest part of winter (perhaps July and August) but so long as they are protected form the occasional black frost vegies stay happily in the ground until needed.
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Re: The great rhubarb debate

Post: #160531 ~TheSandWitch~
Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:51 am

I keep trying rhubarb and keep murdering it, bringing it up here into the desert , it's very sad :roll: Still, I just got another six crowns in the post on Friday and I'll give it another bash.


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