With the high cost of fruits and vegetables in the grocery store, why not simply grow your own in your own back yard. You'll have much fresher cleaner food to eat, improving your health while saving money on groceries. You are also taking a giant step towards a eco-friendly lifestyle by growing your own produce. It will connect you with your neighbors, and have a positive impact on family life by teaching children about the importance of food quality and production. All while protecting the planet. Or maybe even earn a secondary source of income by selling the fruits of your labor at a farmers market.
About this Variety
Most gardeners today grow Rhubarb to eat, not for its ornamental purposes. Its stalks are succulent like and thick. The leaf is not really used but the stalk is, as it's used in sauces, desserts, pies and jams. Victoria is a green stalked variety, even though it may have some red at the stalk's base. Its taste is nicely tart, with an apple-gooseberry taste and a hint of lemon. It's said not to be stringy.
- Non GMO
- Eat healthier
- Victoria Rhubarb is the gold standard rhubarb variety
Grows 3-4' tall
Plant 18-20" apart, 3-4" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-8. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant Rhubarb in early spring after the danger of frost has passed in a sunny or partially shaded location with well draining soil. Spacing is important. Plants will not develop and are more prone to disease if planted too close together. Soil preparation is very important to have a successful crop. Prepare the soil a month prior to planting by incorporating a good garden fertilizer into the soil. Plant the crowns 3.5 to 4 inches below the surface with the crown bud about 2 inches below the soil. Space the crowns 1.5 to 2 feet apart. Do not harvest the first year. This will allow the plant to send its energy and nutrients back to the roots to ensure a strong root system. Harvest 3 to 4 stems of each plant at a time, leaving some stems to generate growth.
Do not remove more than half of the stalk when harvesting.