The Q&A Archives: Growing Rhubarb In SC

Question: Will rhubarb grow in my area and if so, what do I need to do to soil before ordering plants?

Answer: Rhubarb should grow in your area. It is true that rhubarb grows better in areas that are not hot and dry and allow the roots to be frozen in the winter. However, there are varieties that do well in mild climates such as yours. Try the varieties 'Cherry' and 'Giant Cherry'. I always think it is a good idea to have a current soil test before starting anything new. If you haven't had one recently, contact your local County Extension Office for details. If you have any problem area, theycan suggest solutions. Rhubarb needs deep, fertile, well drained soil. The roots spread quite a bit, so cultivate a large area. Be sure to work lots of organic matter such as compost, composted cow manure or leaf mould into the planting area. Your soil test results will include a pH level. Rhubarb likes slightly acid soil, between 5.5-6.5. If you are off in either direction, you can modify according to the guidelines set forth in your soil test results. A good thing about rhubarb is the clumps are persistent, and if treated kindly, your rhubarb plant will provide you with rhubarb for many years to come!

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