Rhubarb plants should be divided every five years or so. This will give
you more plants and at the same time keep them healthy and de-congested.
Below we outline the steps involved in dividing a rhubarb plant with
Some forward planning is required if you want to divide
rhubarb. The best time to divide rhubarb is is when the plant is dormant,
any time between December and February. At this time of
year the foliage will be dead and the location of the plant
may be difficult to pinpoint. So mark where the plant is in late summer
using canes, stones or whatever you have.
Dig the rhubarb up by using a fork to lever the crown. If the
rhubarb is 5 years or more old, this will be difficult and will
cause damage to the roots under the crown but that's not a
Use a spade and the pressure of your foot to divide the
crown into three. Don't be afraid, be brutal. Each third should have one or more white / pink
buds on it. Most large crowns will have lots even if you can't see
Dig out a hole slightly larger than the divided rhubarb crown and
place the crown in the hole, roots downwards.
The top of the crown should be roughly 2.5cm (1 in) below the
surface of the surrounding soil.
Fill in around the rhubarb with soil and firm it down gently
with your foot to ensure soil and plant are well in contact.
soil will more than cover the rhubarb plant so mark where it is
with a cane, stones or whatever is available. The rhubarb should
appear above soil level in late February or March.
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Date posted: October 04, 2011 - 07:14 pm
Message: I heard that you cut asparagus and pull rhubarb. True?
Name: Mike Quinn
Date posted: September 02, 2011 - 07:45 am
Message: I have one crown of Rhubarb which I planted less than a year ago.Against the recommended practice, I have harvested three times so far.Must I dig the crown up for winter and store inside or can I leave it in the ground. I live in a flat and have a postage stamp for a garden.
Name: Mrs M Cameron
Date posted: July 21, 2011 - 10:19 am
Message: Where can I buy two or three year old rhubarb crowns from which I can harvest spring 2012
Date posted: July 18, 2011 - 09:09 pm
Message: I like to know more about rhuhbarb and how to grow it
Date posted: July 05, 2011 - 05:38 am
Message: My rhubarb, only in its 2nd year and not picked, didn't do very much this year, it has died down and I've covered it with grass cuttings, but now it seems to be shooting new leaves again, there are 2 - is this usual?
Date posted: June 05, 2011 - 06:20 pm
Message: I like to make muffins with rhubarb. I want to know about using stalks that are half green half red. Should I only use the red parts ?
Date posted: June 02, 2011 - 08:28 pm
Message: Hi! If I cut all my rhubarb now, it is June, will it continue to keep growing this summer?
Date posted: May 21, 2011 - 01:30 pm
Message: when harvesting,is it best to cut stalks with a knife, or to pull them out?
Date posted: May 10, 2011 - 01:27 pm
Message: This my first time for a garden
Date posted: September 06, 2010 - 06:39 am
Message: hi i bought a rhubarb plant this year.i was told not to use the rhubarb till next year.do inned to cut off the rhubarb thats growing for the winter or just leave it as it is.
Date posted: August 03, 2010 - 07:35 am
Message: hi can u help me? i brought a rhurbarb plant but my ducks have moved all the leaves of it so i want replant it but not sure which is top or bottom of plant many thanks for any help given or should i just goand by another plant