Charles Mann
All you need to know about growing rhubarb in your garden

Rhubarb sends up new leaves in spring and dies back in autumn. The reddish green leafstalks are the edible part; never eat the leaves, which are poisonous. Plant divisions in late winter or early spring, setting them 3 to 4 feet apart. Let plants grow for two full seasons before harvesting.


  • Perennial 
  • Zones 1-11, 14-24, 26-45; best in Zones 1-11, 34-45 
  • Coastal sun; some shade inland 
  • Water freely during active growth
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