Get out your grandmother's cookbook! Your mouth will water when you see the large red stalks and huge, heart-shaped, crinkled leaves of Rhubarb 'Macdonald'. This uncommon, perennial vegetable is highly versatile and as delicious in chicken or seafood sauces as it is in pies and other baked goods. Resistant to wilt and root rot, it prefers evenly moist soil in sun to partial shade. Plants will last for years and can be divided every year or so in spring.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
Planting: Plant Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) in full sun to partial shade in moist, humus-rich soil. Space plants 3-4ft apart in rows 5-6ft apart, with the plants' crowns at soil level or no more than 2in below soil level.
Harvesting: Wait until the third season after planting to harvest stalks. Hold onto the base of the stalk near the soil and pull or twist off the stalk. Do not cut the stalks with a knife since this can carry diseases to other plants and allow entry points for pests. Harvest over a 4-week period in the third season.
In subsequent years, you may harvest for about 8-10 weeks. Allow at least half of a plant's stalks to remain to strengthen the plant's roots for the following season. Removing any flower stalks will also help maintain the plant's strength. Do not eat Rhubarb leaves, cooked or raw, because they contain oxalates, which in large doses can be toxic.