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    basketcase is offline Tuber
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    Perhaps the trick is not to like it.

    Can't stand it and mine (inherited, I hasten to add!) survived despite being strangled by ground elder, neglect, me digging it up and rotavation!

    Couldn't get rid of the darn stuff
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    I transplanted an old one in october but it died. I bought 2 crowns & 1 of them had died. Guess I'm just unlucky with rhubarb.
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    Make sure the ground is free draining because although they like a moist ground they don't like to be sat in water. Also when planting make sure the crown is above ground level if necessary plant on a bit of a mound. Give frost protection in the first year by covering with some straw or a bottomless upturned bucket.

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    Excellent advice again Ian

    Usually they rot...don't plant too deep. I think variety may have a bearing too. I brought one crown 10 years ago...never been any good short stemmed not productive...neverunderstood why I didn't just burn it.

    On the other hand there was a patch on a long abandonned lottie a few years back that had been ploughed, weedkilled, swamped with weeds...I dug it up cleaned out the couch resurrected it into seven pots... kept four...planted next to aforementioned pants example...they are HUGE productive early great...already on third picking this year...no protection at all....only wish I could tell you variety.

    Your best bet is to find someone with a good patch and explain (truthfully) that they are best split every five years or so..and beg a cutting or two.

    PS...I think Spring is a better time for division than Autumn...start into growth again and establish quicker ...less time to rot.
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    Could it be that the normal mongrel rhubarb grown in most allotments is full of hybrid vigour and these 'soft' purebred rhubarbs just can't cut the mustard?
    My Majesty made for him a garden anew in order
    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)
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    Indeed Snadger...mine shall be henceforth known as 'Heinz 57'...(lower vet bills too.)

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    HeyWayne, I have a couple of second year Victoria crowns I can send you if you want. Just pm me address and I'll send over.
    "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."-- Abraham Lincoln

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    I don't believe this, the 15 year old plant I got off my mum went all soft & yucky so I just chopped it up with a spade to rot down in the bed. I've only got 3 new shoots coming through in different places.
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