Serving your perennial, flowerbulb, fruit and vegetable plant needs since 1957.
Great for PIES! Super combined with strawberries in desserts! 'Victoria' Rhubarb features juicy, medium-sized stalks. 'Victoria' has been a favored variety for many years. With its huge leaves and thick green stalks, it is striking enough to have for display purposes. It also has a wonderful tart flavor and serves superbly in pies and sauces. Leaf stalks can be harvested starting in spring over an 8 week period once plants are mature. It is a heavy producer and excellent for commercial purposes. This is the best cooking rhubarb, bar none, noticeably sweeter and milder than all others. Stalks are slender and very tender, so it's quick and easy to cook. Plants are prolific with stalks of green with a red blush. It develops pink speckling on a light green stalk with the pink color being more intense at the bottom of the stalk, fading to a solid Green near the top. The plants have striking, large greenish-red colored leaves. Produces large stalks of excellent quality, long, round with smooth ribs.
Hardy perennial. Very easy to grow and trouble-free. One plant will supply you with enough fruit for many pies and jam. Its pucker-power is exactly what makes rhubarb the world's favorite pie plant. Rhubarb is a very hardy plant that prefers cool weather. It can be grown in areas where the weather is warm or hot, but the leaf stalks become thin and spindly. Rhubarb has big, heart-shaped, crinkled leaves and red-tinted stalks. Rhubarb is showy enough to qualify for a top spot in a display garden and it's often listed in catalogs as a must-have landscape plant. For the gardener looking for an easy-to-grow food plant, rhubarb tops the list. Attractive perennial plants will accent your landscape and remain productive for decades.
Zone 2-9. Rhubarb is grown all over the country (except in the deep South) and across much of Canada. It is very winter hardy and drought resistant.
Wide, ruffled leaves
Late spring - fall
General Information +
General Characteristics: Rhubarb is a species of plant in the family Polygonaceae. It is a herbaceous perennial growing from short, thick rhizomes. It produces large leaves that are somewhat triangular, with long fleshy edible stalks and small flowers grouped in large compound leafy greenish-white to rose-red inflorescences.
Planting/Care Instructions +
Planting Instructions: Plant in early spring in any well-drained, fertile soil, in the sun. Plant in the spring, when the ground is workable.
1. Set the crowns just below ground level.
2. Fertilize the area liberally with manure or garden fertilizer.
3. Keep the soil moist and free of weeds during the growing season. Remove the flower spikes as they appear.
Space plants about 3 ft. apart. If planted too closely, they will be scrawny and more susceptible to disease. For best results do not harvest the first year and few the second year and following harvests will be bountiful for years to come. When harvesting, do not remove more than half of the stalks at any time so the roots will maintain their strength for the next season. To harvest, twist the stalk while pulling sideways and trim off the tops.
You'll have to wait two to three years from the time of planting to the first real harvest. To harvest, twist the leaf stalk at the soil line; do not take more than a third of the leaves in any given year. Eat only the stalk, not the leaf.