Crimson Cherry Rhubarb Root (Rheum rhabarbarum) grows high yields of large ribbed, tart, ruby red rhubarb stems that can grow up to 2' tall, with the entire plant growing to 4' tall. Its most famous use is in pies or jellies, but this versatile vegetable can be used for savory recipes such as sauces, soups, chutneys, and pickles.
⚠️ The leaves of the rhubarb plant contain toxic amounts of oxalic acid and should not be ingested.
⚠️ You will receive one live root. Please be prepared to plant it as soon as the ground can be worked. Choose a permanent in-ground location for this perennial that will continue to produce for many years. It will begin producing one year after it is planted, but wait until the second year and for stalks to grow to at least 10" before harvesting.
If you prefer to grow from seed, try Victoria Rhubarb.
- High yields
- Tart and crunchy
- Produces for many years
- Enjoys cool weather
SEED PLANTING TIPS
- Botanical name: Rheum rhabarbarum
- Life cycle: Herbaceous perennial
- Hardiness zones: 3-7
- Planting season: Spring, fall
- Days to maturity: 2nd year
- Depth to plant roots: 2" below soil surface
- Spacing between plants: 24"-48" apart
- Spacing between rows: 36"-48" apart
- Soil types: Sandy, loamy, rich, moist, well-drained
- Soil pH: 5.5-6.8
- Water needs: Average
- Sun needs: Full sun
- Frost tolerant: Yes
- Drought tolerant: Yes
- Deer resistant: Yes
Good companion plants: Asparagus, Beet, Broccoli, Catnip, Chives, Dill, Garlic, Horseradish, Mint, Onion, Sage, Thyme
Planting Space 4 feet apart 1-3 inches below the surface of the soil with buds facing up. Water well at planning Irrigation Sufficient moisture during the hot days of summer Special Considerations Plants can grow 2-3 feet wide so pick a space that is not overcrowded Choose a good drainage soil/spot, rhubarb will rot if its too wet
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