Asked August 7, 2018, 2:53 PM EDT

I don't know what to do with my prolific rhubarb plants. After having read your brochure (EC 797) about waiting until the second year to harvest stalks, what do I do with the nice red stalks now? I started these from seeds earlier this year, planted 3 bunches in May, and they're in a GrowBox which is a product of The Garden Patch. This planter is obviously too small, I'll be transplanting them in the ground in early spring.

Columbia County Oregon

1 Response

When rhubarb is grown from seed, the entire first year is devoted to developing a sturdy root system which will be able to support abundant future harvests. So, right now, you allow the stalks to grow, grow, grow. Wait until next year when your eager fingers can can snitch a few stems for a treat or two.