Rhubarb Gone to Seed

Our rhubarb plant has "gone to seed"; do we cut this off or leave it as it is? The rhubarb was growing fine then all of a sudden it grew this huge globe shaped head on one of the stalks. It burst open and, hey presto, seeds.


By Ruth G

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April 26, 20120 found this helpful

It is best to prune that seed stalk off and then your rhubarb plant will produce more edible stalks during the season.

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May 2, 20120 found this helpful

Your rhubarb plant is getting tired and/or overgrown, which is why it's setting a seed head so early. You could divide your clump, giving some away to a friend or creating a second clump for yourself. Be sure to add a generous shovel of compost in the new hole for the split and toss a big shovelful in the old hole when you replant your remaining clump.

Or, if you can't get to that this season, just cut the seed heads off as soon as you see them. You can compost it and the leaves and root from the fruit you use by simply tucking them back under the plant. This will help hold in moisture as well as providing nutrients back to the plant. You can't go wrong by side dressing with compost either. Good luck!

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