I separated some rhubarb plants a few years ago and brought some of the separated plant to a farm we bought. I planted it behind the barn where I thought it would thrive. Its 4 years later and they still just get about 6 inches high and start to turn a spotted brown. There have not been cattle in the area I planted them for 15+ years. Maybe even 25+. So I don't think the soil is burning them.
The ones I separated them from I replanted in their original spot and they took off like they have every year. So I don't know why I'm having an issue with these plants. I've thought of moving them, but we just built a house and the year before the ground was cow pasture. When they were moving dirt it smelt like someone was spreading manure, so I'm afraid if I move them to another area the soil will be to strong and kill them. Or do I have it backwards and they need a really strong manure base? I've never had a problem planting rhubarb before and I've planted it at every place I've lived each time I moved.
I should be getting tons of rhubarb by now. I planted 6 plants, this year only 3 came up, but we had a harsh winter and I thought that's what killed off the other 3 plants.
So I'm really frustrated with how these ones won't grow for me.
In Texas, we are into our second month of progressive planting, and growing. I have a question as to how to keep the caterpillars off my lettuce and Kohlrabi...They decimated my butter crunch lettuce. This is my blog of the beginnings. http://joyoustomorrows.blogspot.com/2010/05/celebrating-heros-birthday.html
I totally agree but I made some strawberry rhubarb cobbler recently that came close and was quicker and easier to make.
Here in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, we are still having 30 degree nights. I have three rhubarb plants, one next to my house on the south facing side and two out in the yard. The one next to the house has already put up bloom stalks while the other two only have about 4 inch stalks (just starting and not big enough to harvest). Had rhubarb cake using the recipe here on OFA site. Was delicious but note that the baking time is actually three times longer than the recipe says.