when to move (and divide) rhubarb

leira(6 MA)April 16, 2012

I'm doing some serious re-working of my garden beds, and the rhubarb is in an area that's about to be buried under a raised bed.

Clearly it's too late to be moving it right now (and besides, I'm not doing anything to keep me from harvesting this year!), but when and/or should I move it? It could handle some dividing, too. Should I do it right after I stop harvesting? Should I wait until the Fall? I certainly hope I don't need to wait until next Spring!

Ideally, I'd like to be able to harvest again next year. What do you all think?


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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Fall after it dies back and goes dormant.


    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 9:17AM
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leira(6 MA)

My garden development has been a bit like a game of Tetris. Many plants have come into my possession before my beds were really ready for them, and the rhubarb is no exception. I really want to plant asparagus where the rhubarb is now, since it's up against the fence where tall things should go...of course, I already have some asparagus plants, and I guess they'll need to go *somewhere* this year, and get moved next year.

I hate gardening this way, really, but I'm in the city, and I have limited space...plus part of my yard is on top of a shale bed, and I really need raised beds on that side of the yard. We do a bit of the construction each year, but it's a hard and slow process.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 9:47AM
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lonmower(zone8 Western Oregon)

Fall is best. But my experience is that rhubarb is very hardy and you could move it at any time without a problem as long as you keep it moist in the summer. If you are careful ...it might not even die back

    Bookmark   April 16, 2012 at 10:44AM
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