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To grow rhubarb, start the plant by the seed or by the root, provide high-quality composted soil, and harvest the rhubarb stalks when they are full developed but before they turn brown. Grow rhubarb, which can be cooked into pies, with helpful advice... View Video Transcript
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about how to grow rhubarb. Now, rhubarb is a vegetable, and it grows just like other vegetables and you can start it by the root or by seed. And it'll make kind of a bushy plant. And then it has big celery-like stalks that come out of it. And that is actually what is used for cooking, and that's the rhubarb part of it. And you can just cook down the celery...like a celery stem, and you can either just cook it down and make a nice strawberry rhubarb pie out of it or add some sugar to it and put it onto some ice cream. And it's just one of the most delightful tastes in the world. But rhubarb is easy to grow. It needs full, hot sun and good drainage. It wants good organic material, good compost, good potting soil to grow it right into. And you can start it by seed whenever it's not freezing anymore. So wait 'til at least two to three weeks after the last frost or even longer, and then just start it by seed. And it'll come up and grow all summer, and then as soon as the celery stalks look really good and healthy -- and before they turn brown -- you cut them out. And yet, the rhubarb is very hearty in the Northwest and other colder climates, and it'll come back from year to year. So when it starts freezing in the fall into the winter, they'll start turning slimy and not looking good. So just chop it down to the ground, and you'll find that your rhubarb will come back the next spring just as healthy as the year before. If you live in a really cold climate, you might lose them and have to start them by spring...or start them by seed every spring. And if you live in a warmer climate, you can just leave them in the ground year-round and cut from them as you need them. But rhubarb is a really great plant to have in your vegetable garden.