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Starfishmomma
May 7, 2018 1:15 PM CST
I forced some of my rhubarb this year by putting a couple of compost bins over them. The stems were pale and thin but straight to start with, now they are spindly and collapsed and bent. Has this experiment ruined the plants or will they grow normally next year? Should I remove those stems or leave them to die off naturally?
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
May 7, 2018 4:14 PM CST
Starfishmomma said:I forced some of my rhubarb this year by putting a couple of compost bins over them. The stems were pale and thin but straight to start with, now they are spindly and collapsed and bent. Has this experiment ruined the plants or will they grow normally next year? Should I remove those stems or leave them to die off naturally?

Forced rhubarb is meant to be eaten.
Use them now as they will not grow any more. There are breeds grown for forcing but they should not be used for a year after forcing or you run the chance of killing the plant.

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