Greetings from Port Franklin, friendliest place in Oz!
.....PS does it grow from seed?
Indeed it does and I believe Thomson and Morgan are a source
for them - but it would be several years before the plant was
strong enough to provide you with pie-fillings.
d_> I never saw rhubarb flower!
But the DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Growers cut out any flower stems they see for they rob the
rhizome of food and if it survives the loss it will be ages
before you can get another crop from it.
To harvest DO NOT CUT the leaf stem from the base, pull and
twist it away. Then trim off the leaf which cannot be eaten
even when cooked. My grandfather grew the thickest rhubarb I
have ever seen (around 1940) and he achieved that by using the
rhubarb bed as the repository for kitchen waste and for all the
horse droppings I could find in the street.
Folk used to watch that activity (shovelling up the droppings)
and ask "What's that for?"
To the response "To put on the rhubarb." they would always
retort "Cor! We put custard on ours!"
Enjoy your harvest!
Tweet tweet! Time to go back on my perch now!
Barrie, the Pear Tree Twit.
... Searching for the roots of the family Pear tree!
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