It appears my rhubarb is going to seed

Asked May 2, 2016, 5:31 PM EDT

This is the third year for my rhubarb & I was hoping to get some stalks this year to eat. However, I noticed that long stalks are growing twice as tall as the rest of the plant and are starting to flower. Should I cut these down? If so, how far.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Yes, cut the flower stalks. A picture would be helpful but typically if rhubarb is sending up flower stalks, it either needs to be divided or you are using a fertilizer that is too high in phosphorus (the middle number you see on fertilizers.) Since you want leaf growth, using an organic lawn fertilizer is better than one you might use for most vegetables. Be sure to water well. Last summer was really dry and may have taken a toll on your plants.