Rubarb in Louisiana - Knowledgebase Question

Bossier City, LA
Question by momkoff
January 21, 1998
If I order rhubarb plants for my Northwest Louisiana garden will it grow, what should I do to keep it healthy and will it continue to grow annually?


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Answer from NGA
January 21, 1998

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It will be tough to have your rhubarb come back year after year in Louisiana. It is a cool weather crop that doesn't like the heat. It also need a winter cool period to rejuvenate itself. I fear that in Louisiana your winters are not cold and long enough. If you want to try, here's what to do. Find a fertile, well drained spot in your garden preferably in a spot that gets afternoon shade. Keep the plant well watered and fertilized with a few shovelfuls of compost yearly in spring. With a little luck, and cool weather, it should come back each year.

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