Rhubarb Bolting - Knowledgebase Question

Goshen, IN
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Question by jgarber0
April 3, 1998
We have rhubarb plants that are 3-4 years old, planted at the edge of our garden. It has never been really nice since we planted it. It bolts immediately and is rubbery & spindly. We have put manure around it both years but it still looks the same. It was suppose to be a red variety.

Answer from NGA
April 3, 1998
Early bolting on rhubarb could mean it's not getting enough fertility and is stressed, or maybe even crowded. I'd say the solution either way is to move it. Choose a full sun location and amend the soil heavily with compost. Dig up the existing plants, separate any younger plants out and plant the individuals about 3 feet apart in a bed. Keep them well watered and mulched. If you don't like the variety anyway, try another such as 'Valentine' available through Burpee (1-800-888-1447)

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