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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 'Champagne' (Spring/Autumn Planting)
Rheum x hybridum
This early variety is ideal for forcing to produce long, slender, pink-tinged stalks. For a deeper, red-coloured stem, leave the stems of Rhubarb 'Champagne' unforced - they will still be just as sweet and delicious! This old variety is particularly reliable and easy to grow. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 120cm (48").
These budded pieces, taken from established crowns will quickly mature, resulting in crowns big enough to harvest from 2 years after planting.
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