The Q&A Archives: Rhubarb is Not Red

Question: I bought a couple rhubarb plants for my garden at least 15 years ago. They were a red variety that was supposed to do well in my area. The stems that grew were mostly green. I thought I bought the wrong variety, so I purchased a couple bigger plants that had red stalks. After they had been growing for awhile, they too grew green stalks. It tastes good, but is not pretty. Who wants green rhubarb pie? I tried applying fertilizer. What is the problem?

Answer: To some extent the color depends on the variety you are growing (for example MacDonald and Ruby are bright red, Victoria is green), but it also depends on temperatures. Cooler temperatures will produce more of the red coloring.

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