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Grow your own rhubarb and within 2 years you'll be harvesting the stems by the armful! Early varieties can be forced (grown in darkness under a large pot or rhubarb forcer) or left to grow 'naturally'. Try to resist the urge to pick all the stems in the first year, so that the plants can become properly established.
Rhubarb 'Thompson's Terrifically Tasty' (Autumn Planting)
Rheum x hybridum
Bred in Essex by a Mr. Thompson (no relation!), this is the earliest rhubarb we've ever found. Thick pink, flavoursome stalks tapering to green, are produced from March onwards, a whole month earlier than other rhubarb plants! You'll be enjoying this aptly-named rhubarb variety over a long period, from March right through until mid-summer. Rhubarb 'Thompson's Terrifically Tasty' is delicious in pies, crumbles and jams. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 120cm (48").
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 16-20 months.
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