Growing rhubarb is a rewarding and relatively easy process. Follow these 15 steps to cultivate your own rhubarb patch:
1. Choose the Right Location: Select a sunny spot in your garden with well-draining soil. Rhubarb prefers at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.
2. Timing: Plant rhubarb crowns (dormant roots) in early spring or late fall when the soil is workable and temperatures are cooler.
3. Purchase Healthy Crowns: Buy high-quality rhubarb crowns from a reputable nursery or garden center.
4. Prepare the Soil: Before planting, enrich the soil with well-rotted compost or aged manure to improve fertility and drainage.
5. Planting Rhubarb Crowns:
Dig a hole about 1-2 feet deep and wide enough to accommodate the rhubarb crown.
Place the crown in the hole with the buds facing up, and cover it with 2-3 inches of soil.
6. Spacing: Plant each rhubarb crown at least 3-4 feet apart to allow sufficient space for its spread.
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