Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum 'Crimson Red') in the Rhubarbs Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Propagation: Other methods: Division

1st year growth from bare root.

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Comments:
Posted by molanic (IL - Zone 5b) on Feb 1, 2017 5:59 PM

I got this to replace the 'Victoria' variety, which always bolted early for me and produced very large, green, and tough stalks. 'Crimson Red' seems to have smaller more tender stems that are often quite red throughout. I think it also helped that I relocated the rhubarb to a location with warmer and more well drained soil. I think this benefits from frequent dividing also.

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