Easily grown in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best grown from root divisions (a section of root with one or more buds or eyes). Plant root sets 3-4' apart in early Spring.
Do not harvest stalks until second year, and only harvest up to 50-60% so the plant retains its nutrition for the next year. Divide root crowns every 3 to 4 years. Needs even moisture. Promptly remove all flower/seed stalks as soon as they appear.
This cold hardy plant needs a period of Winter dormancy.
Grow on the periphery of the vegetable garden where roots can remain undisturbed. Rhubarb can also be planted in a corner of the perennial border for its ornamental foliage value (large green leaves contrasting with deep red stalks) with no intent to harvest the stalks.
Hardiness zone: 3 to 8
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Resistant for: Rabbits, Deer