Planting Rhubarb In The Home Garden (Audio)

Rhubarb is one of only two perennial vegetables commonly grown in Kansas – and it’s a little more difficult to grow than asparagus. But if you like rhubarb pie, cobblers, tarts and cakes, it’s worth the extra effort.

Rhubarb is well adapted to cold winters and dry summers but it’s susceptible to crown rot and “wet feet” so it requires well-drained soil. K-State Research and Extension horticulturist Ward Upham says mid-March to early April is the typical planting time for rhubarb.

If you plant rhubarb this season, don’t plan to eat it. Upham says there’s no harvest the first year and only a small harvest the second year.

If you’re looking for a wide selection of rhubarb varieties, Upham says you’ll be disappointed.

Upham says only the leaf stalk should be eaten because the leaf blade contains oxalic (ox-al-ick) acid and is poisonous.

More information on growing and harvesting rhubarb can be found online here. The article on rhubarb is in the March 12th Newsletter.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.