Rhubarb Seed Stalks - Knowledgebase Question

Bonesteel, SD
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Question by cschmitz1
May 13, 1999
How do you prevent rhubarb from seeding out so early? Can it harm the plants if it does this?

Answer from NGA
May 13, 1999
The seed stalks that develop from rhubarb crowns should be removed before they bloom. It's best to remove them as soon as possible or the plant's energy will be directed into seed production instead of thick leaf stalks. Warm spring weather will hasten development of flowering stalks, so there's not much you can do to prevent them.

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