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Composting Rhubarb

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Composting rhubarb leaves

Rhubarb Seedpods

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Rhubarb plants will occasionally send up seed stalks with flowers in the middle of the plants. These stalks may not grow on young plants but are common on plants that are 3-4 years old and older. Some varieties of rhubarb are more likely to flower than others. Victoria is known to be a prolific flowering variety. Allowing the plant to complete flowering will reduce the vigor of the plant and shorten its stalk producing season. If the plant is grown as an ornamental the tall stalks of flowers (Victoria has white (greenish)) is quite impressive.

Rhubarb Recipes

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Rhubarb is incredibly versatile with many culinary uses. Try it in cakes and desserts, pastries, jams, pickles, conserves, sauces and, of course, wine. There may be several recipes by the same name but they are different (although sometimes only slightly, I have tried to remove the duplicates). There are now over 300 recipes in this collection. Remember, only the stalks are edible, don't eat the leaves or roots.

Rhubarb Species

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Rhubarb is available in many different species. Here at The Rhubarb Compendium we are primarily concerned with common garden rhubarb, Rheum x cultorum. Below you will find a list of common, and some not so common, rhubarbs. Not all of these are suitable for making pies and tarts. Many are strictly for ornamental use.

Medicinal uses of Rhubarb

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Rhubarb has a long history of herbal usage. The primary result of rhubarb root as an herbal medicine is a positive and balancing effect upon the digestive system. Rhubarb is one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine. Rhubarb roots are harvested in the fall from plants that are at least six years old. The roots are then dried for later use. The root is used as an anticholesterolemic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitumor, aperient, astringent, cholagogue, demulcent, diuretic, laxative, purgative, stomachic and tonic.

Propagating Rhubarb

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Rhubarb can be propagated by several means: Dividing the root mass, growing rhubarb from seeds, or by Tissue Culture. Of course, you can always purchase rhubarb plants or rhizomes ready to plant in your garden. See the list of sources for a few of the mail order companies that sell rhubarb.

Rhubarb Sources

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Rhubarb can be found in many local home and garden centers, or can be purchased mail order. Listed here are a few of the mail order sources of rhubarb.

  I know that this table is way out of date. Some of these companies no longer sell rhubarb and there some new suppliers that I need to add. I will be fixing this sometime in the future. 

Sources of Rhubarb

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by Dr. Radut