How To Remove Rhubarb Flowers?

When to cut rhubarb flowers off?

  • The flower head that comes up from rhubarb plants should be removed immediately when you first observe it. This flower or seedpod usually comes up in the springtime.

Should you remove rhubarb flowers?

Since rhubarb is grown for the stems, most gardeners choose to remove the flowers as soon as they appear so the plant can focus its energy on leaf growth.

Rhubarb flowers can simply be cut from the plant as soon as you see it appear.

If your rhubarb produces a flower, this does not affect the stems and leaves.

How do you stop rhubarb from flowering?

As soon as you notice these seed pods remove them. To remove them use a sharp knife at cut them as close to the base of the plant as possible. If they’re not removed the seeds pods will grow into a long stalk and flower at the top, diverting even more energy away from the production of edible stalks.

Can you use rhubarb after it flowers?

While the flower or seed stalks should not be used, the leaf stalks are edible. However, the flower stalks should be promptly pulled and discarded. If allowed to develop, the flower stalks reduce plant vigor and next year’s production. Dig and divide large, old rhubarb plants in early spring or late summer.2 May 1997

When should you not pick rhubarb?

A good rule of thumb is to pick your rhubarb no later than July 4. The harvesting period typically lasts about 8 to 10 weeks. Rhubarb plants are dormant during the fall and winter. If you try to harvest your rhubarb too late, the stalks might get frost damage and be inedible.

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