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.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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