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Dividing rhubarb

We have two lovely big rhubarb plants in our front garden that are 5 years old and getting overcrowded – it’s time for them to be split and moved to the allotment. Dividing rhubarb is obviously great as you get more plants and it rejuvenates tired, crowded crowns.

This needs to be done when the plant is dormant (the leaves have died back in winter). This was the plant in the summer:

Rhubarb in the summer

Rhubarb in the summer

…and here it is now…

Rhubarb in winter

Rhubarb in winter

Simply dig up the root ball and use a spade to cut it into sections. We split ours into three pieces. They were moved to the allotment and planted in big holes filled with well rotted manure – rhubarb appreciates a good meal!

Dividing rhubarb

Dividing rhubarb

When re-planting them make sure you don’t bury the crown otherwise it will rot. Make sure it is the same depth as when you dug it up. Looking forward to eating almond and rhubarb cake again in the spring – although unfortunately not from these plants. They need to be left alone for the first year to get established again.

Hope you had a lovely weekend, Jane

3 Responses to Dividing rhubarb

  1. Elaine says:

    I have just split my rhubarb – your root ball looks much bigger than mine. Mine looks a bit sorry for its self – I hope they will be ok! Elaine

  2. Greenfingers says:

    Great post, thanks Jane

  3. Sally says:

    Can you do this in Spring? I don’t have the time to do it until May

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