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Old 02-23-2016, 04:27 PM   #1
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When to Force Outdoor Rhubarb Zone 6A?


I have a good rhubarb patch established. One of the older plants was getting a bit overcrowded last season and I was thinking of trying forcing on it this year, then leaving it to recuperate for the rest of the season, then dividing it next fall. I believe this plant is a Victoria variety.

I have a large black plastic trashcan that will fit over the entire root ball, and I know to add compost and such. I was wondering when the best time to cover it would be? Do I wait for it to sprout, wait for a certain soil temp, etc..? It looks like we're getting an early spring this year, might get another small snow events but otherwise the ground is thawing.
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I bought some ruhbarb from an older patch and I think it was mid March when I planted it. Waiting for it to shoot up a little, then split it would be my advice.
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I'll probably split it in a few days. The ground is still a bit frozen but we're going to be pushing up through to the 70s on Wednesday and the rhubarb is already putting up buds.
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Re: When to Force Outdoor Rhubarb Zone 6A?


Split it today. The buds were about an inch out of the ground. It was a big root ball, a lot bigger than I expected from what you could see at the surface. One of the roots was about as thick as my arm. I planted three of the divisions back into the ground after digging out some of the sandy soil and replacing it with a lot of compost. Nice rich soil tilled down to about 18". Potted three more in straight compost (we may be moving next year and so I wanted some plants that could be moved), and put the rest of the rhizomes in a half-filled bucket of water with a FREE sign out by the mailbox.

Spring is pretty much already here so I'll leave it at that. We've been getting good rain this week and will be getting a bit more today.
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