Rhubarb?

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  1. mazambo

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    Hi everyone, I'm just wondering if my rhubarb should be ripening by now? Seems to be ok (apart from aphids) plenty of leaves and stalks, I'm feeding and watering but it doesn't seem to be ripening very much.
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    I don't think it ripens as such, if big enough try a few stalks.
    The stems are reddish in full sun but if under the leaves they can remain green.
    Not a rhubarb expert :biggrin: but that's how I see it.
    Some varieties may have redder stems than others.
     
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    Thanks @pete i was thinking along those lines.
     
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      As Pete says rhubarb doesn't ripen as such, you pull the stems when they're a reasonable size. If you leave them too long then they will be stringy. The tenderest rhubarb is the forced stems in early spring. It becomes tougher and more acid as the season goes on. The youngest stems are the best.
       
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        Thanks @NigelJ just taken some off, can't stand the stuff myself:heehee: I'll make a crumble and see how it goes down.
         
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          Thanks @pete & @NigelJ I've done two 400g crumbles, one for my wife and one for my cousin, both very happy, still a yuk from me:heehee:
           
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            I don't know if you have room for it in the ground but a pot isn't the best place for it. :noidea:
             
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            Unfortunately no, probably around 15 years ago i wasn't overly interested in gardening so looking to retirement age i spent a few years basically slabbing and concreting the majority of the garden, so now i go with what I've got, and pots are a big part of my growing.
             
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              Chop it up soak in gin for a few weeks with some sugar. Drink the gin and throw the rhubarb. Although it is good in crumbles.
               
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                More seriously you just need a big pot, somebody I worked with grew rhubarb in a 1 m x 1 m x 1 m planter quite successfully, just needed plenty of water.
                 
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