Rhubarb Timperley - Early - 3 crowns

Item Number: 91005
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    Last orders for November delivery is 31st October 2017. Orders placed after this date will be delivered from Mid-March 2018


    The earliest variety into production with red sticks at the base turning green higher up. This variety is particularly good for forcing.

    Order before 28th February for a March delivery.
    Order before 31st October for November delivery.

     

    Please note that all fruit is sent separately from other goods and a £3.50 postage charge is applicable.

  • Pack size: 3 Crowns
  • Qty

    £ 9.10


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Where To Grow Rhubarb

If possible, it's best to grow rhubarb in full sun, but it is fairly tolerant to partial shade. They will remain in the same position for up to 10 years and the soil immediately surrounding the plant cannot be dug, so position it with this in mind.

Soil Preparation

Tolerant of most soil conditions, rhubarb grows best in a neutral soil which has been dug to a depth of 60cm (2ft) or more. Incorporate as much organic matter as possible during the digging because it must last the life of the plant - rhubarb will not tolerate soil disturbance once established. The site should be prepared about 4 weeks in advance of planting to give it time to settle. Be especially careful to remove all weeds at the preparation stage - once rhubarb is planted, it will be very difficult to get rid of them. 

How to Plant

Dig a hole a little bit wider than the plant. The depth should be such that the top of the plant is 2.5cm (1in) below the soil surface Fill in around the plant with soil, gently firming it down to ensure no air pockets remain. Water well if the conditions are dry. Spread a mulch (garden compost or other well-rotted organic material) around the plants, but not directly above where the crown will emerge in a month or so. The spacing between plants should be about 75cm (2ft 6in)

Care of Rhubarb

Rhubarb require very little care. Every year after the leaves have died down, spread a new layer of garden compost or other well-rotted organic material around (but not touching the plants. This will conserve water and prevent weeds. In dry periods (normally only summer) give the plants a good watering, although this should only be required occasionally. In February, sprinkle a handful of general fertiliser (Grow more is fine) around the plants. Remove any weeds as they appear. The only other attention required is to cut off flower heads, which may appear in early spring as the new rhubarb stalks emerge. Do this as soon as possible - if the flower head is left to grow and set seed, the plant will never fully recover to good strength.

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