Growing rhubarb - Knowledgebase Question

DE Soto, Mo
Question by boomerswonde
September 2, 2007
I have been trying and trying to raise rhubarb but when the hot days come on to us they die. I water at night every other day and still cannot get one pass through the hot summers here in Missouri.

Answer from NGA
September 2, 2007


Some rhubarb varieties are more tolerant of heat and humidity than others. You may have a variety that is not tolerant and no matter what you do, it won't produce edible stalks. You may want to try planting one of the following heat-tolerant varieties recommended by the University of Missouri:
Valentine (Produces fewer seed stalks than McDonald)
Canada Red (Stalks dark red throughout, vigorous)
Victoria (Stalks red, lighter than Canada Red)

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