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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 'Timperley Early' (Autumn Planting)
Rheum x hybridum
Regarded as the earliest maturing variety, Rhubarb 'Timperley Early' is ideal for forcing to provide tender pink sticks as early as February, but it can also be grown unforced in the normal way. This RHS AGM variety produces a moderate yield of pink stems streaked with apple green.
These budded pieces, taken from established crowns will quickly mature, resulting in crowns big enough to harvest from 2 years after planting. Height: 60cm (24”). Spread: 120cm (48”).
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