In this article, I will take you through everything you need to know to grow Rhubarb in your Perth backyard.
(Whilst most of this guide suits anywhere in Australia, check local conditions for growing months if you live outside Perth.)
Did you know that working your hands in the soil has been proven to improve your immune system and your mental health? Studies show that gardeners are less stressed, and live longer.
When should you plant Rhubarb?
The best months to plant Rhubarb in Perth are Aug-Jan. You can plant using Crowns, ideally when the soil temperature is around 10-20 degrees celcius and the air is around 10-25 degree celcius.
Seeds or Transplant? Crowns
Ideal air temp: 10-25c
Ideal soil temp: 10-20c
Can Rhubarb grow in pots?
Yes, they can grow in pots. Be mindful of the size they grow to.
The great thing about planting Rhubarb in pots is that you can move them around easily, should they need more or less sun, or are getting attacked by pests. In some cases, you can even grow Rhubarb indoors, as long as the position can get enough sun.
How much sun should Rhubarb get?
You will discover that Rhubarb thrives on Full sun or part shade.
Some gardens get more shade than others, and your direction north etc varies. Try the ideal position first, and if the Rhubarb isn’t growing well enough, maybe try a more or less sunnier spot.
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.
How often should you water Rhubarb?
Rhubarb really enjoys when it gets Regular watering.
They prefer soil that is Well-drained.
When can you harvest?
Being a Single vegetable, the ideal time to harvest your Rhubarb crop is around All Year. Play it by ear though, and just see how your plant(s) do this season.
Growing Rhubarb in rows
If you are getting serious with your vegetable garden, you may wish to grow Rhubarb in rows. You’ll need to allow around 110 centimetres between rows, and 60-70 centimetres between each seedling or seed.
Space between rows: 110 cm
Space between seedlings: 60-70 cm
Keep the seeds!
Did you know that you can keep Rhubarb seeds for up to 1 years, and use them to grow more next season?
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables plays a role in reducing the risk of all the major causes of illness and death
Enjoy delicious Rhubarb in your Perth garden
You can save so much money by growing Rhubarb in your own backyard.
Make a habit of calmly watering your plants, or quietly toiling the soil. Gardening can be a very personal and uplifting experience in your own life.
All the best in growing your own! Good luck.