My Rhubarb I planted early last summer, transplanted from my mother in law's yard has exploded in growth this summer. I read online that I shouldn't harvest after July 4, but there is so much growth I am wondering what, if anything, I should do to care for it this fall.
Hennepin County Minnesota
Thank you for writing.
Harvest away (I presume you know that you should pull rather than cut the leaves off).
I pull the leaves that are lying on the ground and cut all flower stems.
You can take about a third more of the plant this season. There are a lot of rules but the specialists are happier with an extended season.https://www.rhubarb-central.com/harvesting-rhubarb.html
This fall, to prep for winter, do I trim all the leaves and stalks back to the ground or leave some for protection from the cold?
Thank you for writing back. I have never pruned rhubarb except to strip the dead stalks away after the freeze in the spring. My plants are over 30 years old in Hennepin county. Here is a view https://homeguides.sfgate.com/trim-rhubarb-39678.html#:~:text=Trim%20back%20the%20entire%20plant,trim%20off%20the%20dead%20stalks.