Don’t begin harvesting until the plant is well established, which may mean waiting until the second year. Harvest by pulling stalks away from the base with a sharp tug. Never cut them.
Leave the youngest stalks in the centre of each plant to promote new growth.
Rhubarb leaves and roots are poisonous and should be discarded or composted.
After about four or five years, break up the established clump and spread to new, well-prepared parts of the garden. The best time to divide is in winter.
Stalks don’t always develop red stems, but green stems are safe to eat and the flavour is just as good. Stems tend to develop stronger red colouring in cooler climates.
In winter, loosen soil around the plants and fork in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. This will give them a good start for spring growth.