Leave a half-dozen healthy stalks on the plant during the growing season to continue to nourish the plant roots. Rhubarb is most productive in the early spring, yet will continue to produce stalks and foliage for most of the summer if conditions are right. To keep the plant’s energy going into leaf production, remove seed stalks as soon as they appear. Don’t be surprised when the whole plant naturally dies back at the end of the season, disappearing until the following spring, Ogden adds.
Successful harvest? Try these delicious rhubarb recipes:
Peach and Rhubarb Kuchen
Ask Organic Gardening is edited by Deb Martin
Photograph by Rob Cardillo Photography
Originally published in Organic Gardening magazine, April/May 2014