Growing rhubarb from seed

When I first decided to plant rhubarb some time ago, I found it pretty hard to come by. The nurseries that did sell it, only had it in large  20 or 25 cm pots. Digging a hole for a pot that size in the heavy soil where I wanted to plant it, just wasn’t on and besides, I wanted many plants. I searched in vain for small plants in small pots.

I discovered that Edens had rhubarb seed in their catalogue and sent for some. It germinated readily and so well that I reckon nearly every seed came up.

I sent for more seed last year and had the same good germination from two varieties—Crimson and Victoria, sown in March and germinated in only 10 days. I’ve just planted nine plants from that batch along the first hugelkultur mound:

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Each plant has had a good dose of aged cow manure. Here’s hoping for great yields!

The rest of the mound will be used for pumpkins, zucchinis and cucumbers. All the rain we’ve had over winter has prompted the growth of the native ground cover (Stinking Pennywort—Hydrocotyle laxiflora) which was growing there naturally and it’s almost covered the mound. It will make a good living mulch:

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It doesn’t look it, but that mound is about 40 cm high. Those leafless ‘sticks’ behind the mound are just-planted raspberry canes. I’m determined to get good value out of my hugelkultur beds!

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7 Responses to “Growing rhubarb from seed”

  1. rabidlittlehippy Says:

    I just planted 8 raspberries along my hugelkultur bed too. I have had to add soil just around the plants today but will get some compost this week to cover the rest of the gardens. I’ve also planted strawberries in one but it’s against the side of the pond so it’s a one sided hugelkultur (slope-kultur?) and I hope it will become a gentle slope of strawberries one day.

    Good to know about rhubarb too. I shall get me some seeds and give it a whirl. 🙂
    I grew asparagus from seed this year, harvested from a friends ferns. I separated the seeds from their berries (the berries are poisonous though) and then planted the seeds a month or so back. Surprisingly I think I’ve had 90%+ germination too. 🙂 Something for nothing there hey. 🙂

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      I didn’t know asparagus berries were poisonous!

      I sowed the whole berries back in April (I think) and haven’t had a single one germinate. I’ve done it this way before, so can’t fathom where the problem is. I separated the seeds out from some berries and sent them to a friend…he’s had dozens come up!! Can’t win!

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      • rabidlittlehippy Says:

        Mine took a while to come up but they’re nearly 3 inches high now and lovely little fronds they are. 🙂 They’re in the greenhouse where it’s lovely and warm at the moment but I need to take them out and bring them up to the deck to acclimatise outside but under cover before I plant them out. And yes, I believe they are poisonous. Well, it says they are on the Gardenate app I use.
        I’ve found some rhubarb seeds I intend to buy and sow. They will grow nicely along the bottom of the raspberry hugelkultur beds I reckon. 🙂

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  2. narf77 Says:

    I love something for nothing and sharing the bounty :). Steve HATES rhubarb with a passion so it would just be me eating rhubarb if I grew it but I have 1 plant that I might just donate to my daughters because the wallabies keep eating it down to the crown.

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    • foodnstuff Says:

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  4. Seeds | rabidlittlehippy Says:

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