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Valentine Rhubarb

A bearer of earlier stalk harvests, Valentine Rhubarb is a vigorous plant with high yields, with few or no seed stalks. Valentine is a sweet, low-acid variety perfect for zesty sauces and pies that require less sugar. Cold hardy and heat tolerant. Harvest in May.

Rhubarb should be planted in the spring when the soil is tillable. Frost will not kill it. Don’t harvest the first year from planting. The second year, harvest a few stalks but leave most for the development of your roots. By the third year, you can harvest at will during the spring from your first surge of stalks.

Attributes

  • You are purchasing a Valentine Rhubarb plant, potted in 6″ container
  • #1 Super Heavy Roots, extremely good crop
  • Self-pollinating
  • Botanical Name: Rheum Rhubarbarum ‘Valentine’
  • Mature size: 2′-3′ tall; spread 12″-24″
  • Soil: This should be considered a permanent bed; soil should be fertile and well-drained; a pH range of around 6.0-6.8 is desired; Add organic matter (such as aged cow or horse manure, prior to planting
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Years to bear: 1-2
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: Place rows 3′-4′ apart to ensure room for growth; Place cuttings in the soil with the buds facing up – flush or just below (up to 1″) the soil surface

Valentine Rhubarb foliage

Valentine Rhubarb foliage

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Plant Height: 30 inches

Flower Height: 5 feet

Spread: 3 feet

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Hardiness Zone: 2b

Description:

A bright red-stalked variety of rhubarb which is less showy in flower than most but features attractive and prolific leaf development; harvest throughout summer; only stems are edible, other plant parts are poisonous

Edible Qualities

Valentine Rhubarb is a perennial that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The dark red stalks are usually harvested from early to late summer. The stalks have a sweet taste and a crisp texture.

The stalks are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning
  • Sauces

Features & Attributes

Valentine Rhubarb features bold spikes of white flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its enormous crinkled round leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The dark red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

This is an herbaceous perennial with a rigidly upright and towering form. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Valentine Rhubarb is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Valentine Rhubarb will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity extending to 5 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Description

Rheum rhubarbarum ‘Valentine’ – Vigorous plants top in yields sweet, low-acid stalks that are perfect for zesty sauces and pies without needing as much sugar. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. It can be served as a sauce over ice cream, combined with fresh strawberries, or made into pies, tarts, puddings, breads, muffins, cakes, jam, jellies, and refreshing beverages. Rhubarb provides vitamins C and K, calcium, potassium and fiber. It is also reported to lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots which can lead to stroke and heart attacks.

Planting Instructions
Do not soak these roots, plant directly into garden. Does best in an open position and can be grown in most types of soil. It will tolerate semi-shade. Soggy wet locations should be avoided. Plant 90 cm (35 in) apart in soil that has been deeply mixed with peat moss or leaf mold. Bury the root, leaving any new shoots just protruding from the soil. Firm the soil and deeply water. Harvesting should commence the second year. Pick only a few stems until the plants are well established. Cut off any flowering spikes at once.

Crop Care
Rhubarb is easy to grow but with a bit of extra care and attention you can increase your yield and produce a better quality stem.

At the end of the growing season give your plants a good feed in the form of a top dressing of well rotted garden compost making sure you don’t pile it up around the stems. Keep the area around the plant free of weeds and give an occasional good soaking in prolonged dry periods.

Flower heads may appear in early Spring and these should be removed quickly to stop the plant producing seed. If the happens your rhubarb will be significantly weakened and will be unlikely to recover to full strength.

Crown rot is the only issue likely to be a problem but can be avoided by planting in well drained soil and being careful not to bury the growing tips under compost.

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Information Rhubarb is a popular source for pies and sauces. Selecting A Planting Site We recommend planting in EARLY SPRING while the soil is still cool. Bare root crowns not shipped after may 15th, dependent upon location. Fertile well-drained soil with a low compost percentage is best suited for this garden crop. Avoid areas that do not drain well or contain clay; which can cause crown rot. Rhubarb prefers cool, moist summers with daytime temperatures that do not exceed 90 F, and winter temperatures below 40 F.
How to Plant Rhubarb roots should be planted in early spring before soil heats. Set rows 5-6 feet apart and plant 3 feet apart within the row. Plant in shallow furrows so the crown will be 1/2″ – 1″ below the soil. It is better to plant too shallow than too deep. You should see new green growth in about 2 weeks. Do not pick stalks during the first year of growth; as this allows the plant to strengthen. A light picking may be taken during the second year of growth; the third year, harvest for no more than 4 weeks and begin full harvest the following year for up to 10 weeks. DO not remove more 1/2 of the developed stalks from any plant at one time. Rhubarb stalks are usually harvested when they are twelve inches or longer; don’t cut them from the plant; rather twist the base of the stalks while giving a little upward pull. The leaves contain a high amount of oxalic acid which will irritate the mouth and should not be eaten. You may notice clusters of flower buds arising on hollow stalks, this is called “bolting” and takes much of the food reserves away from the plant, so it is best to remove the flower stalks as soon as they appear and discard. A light application of manure or mulch is beneficial in late fall or early winter but do not cover the crowns with a deep layer. Early spring before new growth starts apply, 1 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer around plants.
Fertilize Each season after harvesting is completed, side-dress with 1/3 pound of ammonium nitrate per 100 square feet (1 teaspoon per 3 square feet) of bed space to encourage top growth. It is important that the plant build up a good reserve of food during the growing season. This reserve food, which is stored in the root system, improves the quality and yield of next season’s early spring crop
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Where do You Buy Rhubarb Plants?

Every Spring I received many emails from visitors to Rhubarb Central, asking for help with the question of, “Where can I buy rhubarb plants?”, and often the more urgent questions of, “I can’t find any place that sells rhubarb plants, can you help?”.

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This year, and I will continue to do so each Spring, I asked this very question on Rhubarb Central’s Facebook page.

On this website page I will share information to help those looking for where to buy rhubarb in their locale.

Of course this does not mean that if the Store is listed on this page, that they sell rhubarb plants at any given time.

This does mean that someone has reported seeing that a particular Shop had rhubarb for sale.

Be sure to check local classified ads and garage and yard sales and roadside perennial plant sales for rhubarb plants too. I have personally noticed them at these places.

Rhubarb Festivals often have rhubarb plants for sale too!

If you have any information regarding where to purchase rhubarb plants, please contact me and I will be happy to add them.

This is the post from the Facebook Page:

Can YOU Help?
Many visitors to Rhubarb Central claim they cannot find Rhubarb Plants to purchase in the Spring … many of you reading this probably already grow rhubarb so you are not on the look-out for rhubarb plants, but IF you have noticed where you can purchase them … please post here … please include your State or Province, City, and the name of the Store or Garden Center. THANKS!

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Here follow the replies this post has generated, as well as other helpful information sent by website visitors:

Where to Buy Rhubarb Plants in the United States

~ Michael Bros. Nursery & Garden Center, Western PA. They sell nice large plants.

~ Lowes

~ Home Depot

~ High Rhubarb Organic Farm, in Black Forest, Colorado

~ Bi Mart has them Prineville, Oregon and other Bi Mart stores in US

~ Walmart in Moorhead, MN

~ Rhubarb plants for sale at the Lenox Rhubarb Festival in Lenox, MA

~ Rhubarb plants for sale at K-Mart in Niagara Falls, NY

Where to Buy Rhubarb Plants in Canada

~ Canadian Tire

~ Some Garden Centers and Plant Nurseries

Buying Rhubarb Plants On-line

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This is a standard crop variety of Rhubarb

One of the largest and most productive varieties

The stalks are a deep crimson red with a touch of green on the inside

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Organic German Wine Rhubarb Seeds

Organic German Wine Rhubarb – 15 count Rheum rhabarbarum Pie Plant, Chinese Rhubarb, Garden Rhubarb, Himalayan Rhubarb, Indian Rhubarb, Medicinal Rhubarb, Tai Huang, Turkey Rhubarb

Type Description: Green petioles, similar to Victoria but slightly more vigorous and more intense in color, typically with a darker pink speckling on a green stem, yields 5 – 8 lbs. per crown at maturity. Rated excellent overall. Sweet, with a pleasing tartness. Harvest late fall to early winter. Short Description: Rhubarb is a cool season crop that requires cold to fully develop. The plant will wilt with prolonged, unsupported care in very hot climates. With peak season for Rhubarb in the late fall and winter months, Rhubarb has become widely known for is seasonal, holiday and specialty uses. Pies, candies, and preserves using Rhubarb have permeated the culture around the plant. Life Cycle: Perineal, and can be left in the ground between seasons. Sun: Full to partial sun. Prolonged direct sun in windy, hot climates may expose Rhubarb to windburn and/or sunburn. Soil: Well-drained, fertile/humus rich, amend with compost if needed. Rhubarb does not tolerate clay soils well, loosen soil prior to sowing, and turn between rows for best results. Water: Water well, provide water in times of need or stress. Rhubarb is very drought resistant. pH: 6.0 to 6.8 Rhubarb will tolerate soils acidity to 5.2 in most cases. USDA Zones: 2b to 8b Spacing: Minimum of 1.5 to 2 feet between plants for best results.

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Rhubarb is a fantastic plant for any vegetable garden as it comes up every year and will produce an excellent crop with the minimum of maintenance. It is perfect for the first time grower as it is so easy to grow and care for. We are offering 3 varieties of Rhubarb to give a little extra choice which can be ordered now for delivery at the end of October – early November. The best time to plant Rhubarb is late Autumn to early Winter with November to December being the best in our experience.

Growing Rhubarb
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Our rhubarb varieties for this year are as follows:

Timperley Early
Timperley early is one of the best all round varieties and is as the name suggests and early maturing variety, it can be ready as early as March depending on the Spring temperatures. Timperely early is very easy to establish and has good disease resistance and produces stalks of approx 24 inches. Usually we don’t recommend harvesting your rhubarb in the first year but with this variety you can harvest a small amount in year one. You can be more vigorous with you harvesting in the second year with the plant producing well for at least ten years.

Victoria
Victoria is one of the older varieties which was first introduced in 1837 and has been hugely popular ever since. One of the latest varieties to put up stalks in the Spring and will crop from May to August. Stalk length is 36 – 48 inches and are a beautiful lavender pink. Looks fantastic in the garden when blooming with its huge leaves and long striking stalks. Also suitable for forcing indoors in winter when it will crop from late Feb to March. Plant in rich soil in full sun.

Glaskins Perpetual
Glaskins Perpetual was first produced in Brighton in the U.K. around 1920. The variety produces large long stemmed stalks bright red in colour which are juicy and hold their flavour well.
Glaskins perpetual is the only rhubarb suitable for late season harvesting as the oxalic acid remains low hence the name ‘perpetual’. Oxalic acid gives raw rhubarb a sharp taste and is also found in perpetual spinach and chard. Cooking will remove most of it but high levels can be unpleasant, it’s particularly high in rhubarb leaves which is why we don’t eat them and are viewed as poisonous.

Rhubarb Varieties: Types Of Rhubarb For The Garden

Gardeners and pie makers often assume that deep red rhubarb is the sweetest. However, the color of rhubarb actually has very little to do with its flavor. If you’re a fan of bright red rhubarb, guess what? Rhubarb actually comes in several colors, including pink and speckled rhubarb varieties. You may even discover that green varieties of rhubarb are surprisingly sweet, and tend to be more productive! Read on to learn more about a few of the many types of rhubarb.

Rhubarb Plant Types

Here are some popular varieties of rhubarb for the garden:

If you prefer red rhubarb varieties, you’ll be delighted with ‘Holstein Bloodred,’ a vigorous plant that produces juicy, deep red stalks.

‘McDonald’s Canadian Red’ is another deep red rhubarb that works well for canning, freezing or rhubarb pies.

‘Canada Red’ is a type of cherry-red rhubarb with a sweet, juicy flavor.

Most rhubarb varieties aren’t pure red inside and out, but ‘Colorado Red’ is an exception. This variety, which produces celery-size stalks, is a favorite for jams and jellies because of its attractive color.

‘Cherry Red’ is a sweet, tender variety with long, thick, cherry red stalks.

Also known as Large Victoria, ‘Victoria’ produces mid-size stalks that are dark raspberry red at the base, turning greener closer to the leaves.

If you’re curious about green rhubarb plant types, ‘Riverside Giant’ is a cold-hardy rhubarb with long, very thick green stalks.

A mild-flavored rhubarb, ‘Turkish’ is green inside and out, except for a blush of red at the base.

If you’re in the market for rhubarb with an unusual appearance, try ‘German Wine,’ a variety that boasts green stems with pink speckles. This is reportedly one of the sweetest rhubarb plant types available.

‘The Sutton’ isn’t always appreciated for its appearance, which is streaked green and red. However, this rhubarb variety is fragrant, tender, and slightly sweet.

With attractive, pink stalks that tend to be thicker than many varieties, ‘Sunrise’ is an all-around variety that works well for freezing, canning, jellies and pies.

 Rhubarb Varieties

What are the Best Rhubarb Varieties / Cultivars?

There are many different Rhubarb Varieties or cultivars available for the home gardener.

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What variety of rhubarb should you buy?

One of the most marked difference between cultivars is the stalk colour which can range from red to green. Pink varieties and speckled varieties are also available.

Which Variety of Rhubarb Should you Buy for Your Garden?

Most gardeners prefer the deep red petiole, but these rhubarb plants are often less productive than the greener varieties.

Consumers often assume that the redder stem varieties are sweeter than the greener stalk varieties, however there is little, if any correlation between colour and sweetness.

Some varieties of rhubarb will thrive better in certain geographical locations. Garden centers will usually sell rhubarb varieties that are best suited to the climate conditions of the local area.

Many visitors to Rhubarb-Central.com ask me which of the different varieties of rhubarb we grow.

Here is a picture of our rhubarb garden.

We grow mostly Victoria and some Canada Red and German Wine Rhubarb.

There are also amazing options for growing rhubarb as a landscape plant.

The unique and large leaves of the rhubarb plant make it an interesting choice for landscape design.

Looking for Information about Ornamental Rhubarb?

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Here follows a listing of several of the best and more commonly available Edible Rhubarb Cultivars:

Canada Red – popular in Canada, produces juicy stalks that are cherry-red clear through-out, keeps its colour when cooked, sweet, tender stalks.

Crimson Cherry – (Early Cherry) – red stalks inside and outside, thrives in cool locations and full sun but requires some shade in warmer climates, vigorous grower.

German Wine – thrives in sunny locations, one of the sweetest varieties of rhubarb.

Macdonald – (Macdonald’s Canadian Red, Macdonald Crimson) – widely available variety, stalks are large, bright red, vigorous grower, wilt and root rot resistant.

Raspberry Red – prefers full sun, average growth rate, scarlet, thick leaf stalks, hardy plant, sweet taste.

Riverside Giant – cold hardy, vigorous producer, thick, long, green stalks.

Sunrise – thick stalks, high quality stalks, good variety for forced growing.

Valentine – long, thick, deep red stalks, retains colour when cooked, vigorous grower.

Victoria – thrives in cool locations and full sun and warmer climates, largest and most productive variety, thick, crimson stalks with a bit of green on the inside, popular variety for forced growing.

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Here, (at left or below), is a link to purchase 6 LIVE 3-5″ VICTORIA Rhubarb Plants online at *Amazon.com.

This is a standard crop variety of Rhubarb

One of the largest and most productive varieties

The stalks are a deep crimson red with a touch of green on the inside

Click on the image for additional product information and product reviews.

See Also: Rhubarb Seeds Information and Purchase

Don’t confuse rhubarb with “wild rhubarb”!

Wild Rhubarb, also known as Common burdock is not to be confused with edible, garden varieties of rhubarb.

Although Common burdock at first appearance looks similar to rhubarb, it is a actually a weed, and originates from a different “plant family” than rhubarb.

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