Why is my rhubarb so sad?

turquoisegardenia(6a Toronto)June 7, 2012

Hey guys- I moved into my current place last fall and was delighted to see the little baby stalks and crinkly leaves of a pretty decent-sized rhubarb patch poke through the ground this spring. However, once it grew to a reasonable height, it just stopped. The stalks never fattened up at all- they're still spindly little things hardly worth harvesting! Now the whole thing is just sort of droopy and lifeless. In an effort to rescue it, I have given it kelp emulsion, backyard compost, vermicompost tea and storebought granulated complete organic fertilizer... I've also scattered organic slug bait to deter the little pests that were taking nibbles out of the leaves. I'm at my wit's end, and considering just harvesting it all and making do with what's there- anyone have any suggestions?

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greginnd(Z4 ND)

It may be overgrown. I would be tempted to dig it up, divide and replant in well prepared soil.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 5:04PM
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thefarmguy

yes it could need dividing up that seems to promote growth in old plantings,,,perhaps though it is just a young crown.
lawm clippings sure pump it up for next year,,,and lots of any kind rotted manure,,,best of luck

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 11:11PM
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oliveoyl3

I have 2 year old rhubarb that does that when we have a dry spell and the soil dries out they flop like that & don't thicken up. Then new stalks grow from the center, so I harvest the outer ones to encourage more new stalks. Mine have plenty of composted manures and mulch, but probably need more consistent moisture and sunshine than they currently have. Also need more time to mature as they were small divisions planted in fall 2009.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 11:30AM
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soonergrandmom

Maybe it is just my monitor, but that doesn't look like rhubarb to me. LOL

    Bookmark   June 9, 2012 at 11:05PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Your rhubarb appears to be in a bed with other things around it plus a large paving stone up against it. There is Solomons Seal alongside which implies it is in a shady spot too. I think it would be happier in a lighter, moister, dedicated space of its own. It will need lots of rich organic matter (compost, manure etc) and plentiful water. Another possibility it that it is seedling rhubarb and not a named variety. I am afraid I can only sympathise rather than empathize. We have had so much rain that my rhubarb is almost as big as my wrist. The stalk in the sink at the moment is 26 inches long and weighs 15 ounces.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 6:31AM
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RpR_(3-4)

Have you fed and watered them?

Rhubarb is tough if it is a very old plant but even then they cannot simply be ignored if one wants them to produce to the utmost degree.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 5:35PM
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