3rd June 2017

How to Make Juicy Rhubarb Stalks

Twin girls watering rhubarb plants

How to Make Juicy Rhubarb Stalks

We found out that watering rhubarb is really important if we want to produce large stalks. Like most other plants, rhubarb absorbs nutrients from the soil. If the soil is too dry, the plant has no way of absorbing those vital nutrients and will eventually starve to death.

 

So we try to keep the soil moist around rhubarb plants. This doesn’t mean that the surface of the soil should be constantly wet. Instead we dig down into the soil around our rhubarb plants. If the soil is moist about 6cm down, the soil is in good shape. If it is bone dry, the plants need water. When watering rhubarb plants, we concentrate our efforts at the base of the plant. Wet leaves may encourage pest and disease problems to develop. It’s a good idea to water in the morning. This allows the afternoon sun to evaporate any unused moisture that may linger on the foliage.