Rhubarb Seeds - Victoria


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Rheum rhubarbarum

HEIRLOOM. Victoria is an old standard crop variety of rhubarb and has proven to be one of the largest and most productive varieties. Sweet and mild stalks are very tender and a lovely deep crimson red with a touch of green on the inside. The hint of a wine flavor makes it a good variety to use for pies and cobblers. First recorded in 1837 in England.
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Average Seed / ozSeed / 100' RowAverage Yield / 100' RowDays to Harvest
 2240 N/A N/A3-4 Years
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
Early Spring N/APartial-Full SunCold Hardy
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed SpacingSeeds Per Packet
Direct Seed/Transplant 1/2" N/A 70
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
2-3'14-21Perennial 2 years


Rhubarb seeds are covered in a paper-like shell. Soaking the seeds for 1-2 hours before planting will prepare them for germination so that they begin rooting sooner. 


Use a small, 2-3 inch (5-8 cm) pot or starter tray with drainage holes on the bottom. Fill the pots or trays with your favorite seed starting soil mixture. Using your finger, dig a small hole about ½ inch (1.2 cm) deep. Place 2 seeds in the hole, then cover them with dirt and gently water in. 


Keep your seed trays warm, about 70 degrees F is best for Rhubarb. Keep your trays covered with a humidity dome and spritz often so your seeds don't dry out, but remove the dome when your seedlings pop through. 


When your seedlings are about 4-6", start to harden off your plants by taking them outside little by little to get used to the sun, rain, and cold before exposing them to the elements permanently and planting in your garden beds.

Rhubarb, Rhuem rhabarbarum

Pollination, insect; Life Cycle, perennial; Isolation Distance, n/a

While you can save rhubarb seed, most gardeners cut the flowers off in order redirect the energy that would be spent on seed production into vegetative and root growth. Saving seed is not recommended until the plant is at least three years old and well established, and even then, they will not likely grow true to type. That can be part of the fun though, seeing what you will get, because it will surely still be delicious! If you want to collect seeds, let the center flower grow tall. When the seeds have turned dry and flaky, cut the stalks off and separate the seeds by shaking. Propagation can also be achieved by splitting the mature crowns when the plants are dormant.