Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum)
Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable, though it has a rich, tart flavor generally used as a fruit in desserts and jams. Often matures at the same time as your strawberries, which is why they are often so famously paired together in pies. You only eat the stalks; the leaves of this plant are poisonous.
How To Grow Rhubarb From Seed
Rhubarb grows best in fertile, well-drained soils that are high in organic matter. Plant crowns shallowly, about 2 inches under the surface. Rhubarb thrives in full sun but will yield in light shade. Select a location that gives plants ample room; individual rhubarb plants can measure up to four feet wide and tall.
Starting rhubarb from seed is not difficult but you will need to plant at least twenty seeds to cull out ones that do not exhibit the desired traits for the variety.Starting in pots is recommended.
We suggest to leave growth in the first year and not harvest stalks until the second year. This promotes healthy root development.