Rhubarb damaged by frost may become inedible. If the stems are not firm and upright, don’t eat them. Frost damage can cause the oxalic acid crystals to move into the stalks. You can compost rhubarb leaves, even though they are slightly toxic if ingested. The oxalic acid crystals dissipate in the soil long before they are absorbed by other plants.
As with most perennial crops, don’t harvest at all the first year, to allow the plants time to get established. You can take a small harvest the second year. During the 3rd year, you can harvest for about 1 month. After the 3rd year, you can harvest whenever there are stalks ready for picking.
Harvesting Rhubarb: A top dressing of manure will keep it going. To harvest, cut the stalks at the soil line or pull out individual stalks as needed. You can harvest the whole crop at the same time or harvest in succession over a 4-6 week period. As the temperature warms, growth slows and may even go dormant, but will resume in fall as temperatures fall.
So what is your favorite dish to make with the rhubarb? Let us share on this website and see what everyone likes to make with rhubarb. Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa