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Rhubarb

Post: #274975 Mellyb
Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:20 pm

Wondering if anyone can help with this query just picked some of my rhubarb and it had sugar like hard crystals on the stalks...a friend on the allotments gave me some of his but that was the same .....I'm thinking it might juts be the natural sugars....any ideas

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Re: Rhubarb

Post: #274989 boboff
Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:43 am

Was it near the top of the stalks?

I picked a load the other day and some of mine was like that, I think it's just a case of it getting old.

My Nan always said not to pick any after the end of June.

I cooked mine up, on it's own and it is lovely, and at only 58 cals per 150 g's a fat mans friend, plus with 60% more fibre per bowl than all bran a constipationalist's dream!
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Re: Rhubarb

Post: #274991 Mellyb
Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:22 am

Not just near the top ...I asked on FB and a few have told me it might be the oxlaic crystals from the leaves (the poison) so I was a bit concerned.

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Re: Rhubarb

Post: #274993 boboff
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:25 am

I am sorry I can't help then, I googled it and got nothing.

It has to be your choice.

I googled Oxlaic acid as well, boy it's used to bleach wood!

I can say I have eaten lots with it on with no ill effects, but it was just on the ends of som............................ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Re: Rhubarb

Post: #274997 Mellyb
Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:36 am

thanks though ....have decided not to eat it just incase ....was surprised that its such a hard thing to look up on the internet.....

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Re: Rhubarb

Post: #274998 GeorgeSalt
Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:39 am

Probably just sugar from the sap leaking through wounds in old stems, with the wind we've had the stems will have taken a bit of damage.

Tradition with us is not to pick after the solstice - although usually modified to the weekend after the solstice. But if we get a bit of rain to plump up fresh shoots I'll try and get another picking yet.
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Re: Rhubarb

Post: #275004 Mellyb
Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:34 pm

thanks for the advice to be honest it was coming to the end of the harvest anyway.....hopefully there will be more goodies to pick soon

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Re: Rhubarb

Post: #275006 boboff
Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:36 pm

Reckon my gooseberries with be ready next, they are looking a bit small but lots of them and pinking up nicely!

Then the blackcurrants.......signs look good.
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Re: Rhubarb

Post: #275640 sda
Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:59 pm

From the RHS website:
"Split stems, sometimes exuding sticky sap: This is sometimes caused by late frosts but is often an indication of erratic growth due to seasonal conditions. Cool or dry periods followed by moist or mild weather means the hard outer growth splits when the new, rapid growth occurs. Mulching and feeding may help to avoid the worst damage."

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Re: Rhubarb

Post: #276093 daffodiltulip
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:59 pm

Can rhubarb be grown near rhododendrons?

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Re: Rhubarb

Post: #276098 daz101
Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:58 pm

Next to nothing can be grown near rhodies, altho probably not as toxic to other flora as people might think but....
There is some evidence for allelopathic interactions (the production of adverse effects on other species) between Rhododendron and other plants. This may include the inhibition of germination, or of establishment of the seedlings of competing species. Direct poisoning is a possibility. As noted above, the tissues of Rhododendron contain significant quantities of phenols and other potentially toxic chemicals. There is also evidence for the prevention of mycorrhizal development in roots of the seedlings of competing plant species. Research and debate in this field is on-going.

The arrested root development is gaining some notice. So long as its not dry shade tho or completely encircled I'd give it a go...


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