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    My rhubarb plant has starting sprouting what I assume will be rhubarb stalks and about an inch away from the crown it looks like a rhubarb stalk has emerge also.

    My question is what now? As I understand I can't harvest and eat this year? Do I just cut it down at the end of the season or leave it?

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    If you get some nice stems in a month or so, i would pull some and eat it. You can put on lots of manure, but i prefer mine with custard.
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    Don't take too many though, as the plant needs to build up energy this year.
    If you get too much, you can always send them to me.
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    Just leave it to do its own thing, all the leaves and stems will die away in the autumn and it will retreat back underground.

    I guess it's its first year, so don't take more than a leaf or two and not even that unless it has plenty.

    It does like a nice rich soil, so give it a decent mulch with any organic matter you have handy, such as farmyard manure (but not custard).
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    I know its not ideal to take any in the first year, but hey I'm sure most of us get tempted - I know I do.
    I'll refrain from taking part in the manure/custard jokes
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    I will see how many stalks I get/ how much self control I have then when it comes to picking and eating.

    Must remember though custard in the garden manure in the bowl!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by arpoet View Post
    If you get some nice stems in a month or so, i would pull some and eat it. You can put on lots of manure, but i prefer mine with custard.
    I'm in stitches with that line.

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    I definitely wouldn't take any harvest this year - personally I can't see that just taking a couple of stalks makes a meal worth having, at the expense of the plant building up strength for future years.

    Exceptions would be if you have planted a massive root, and it comes up with plenty of stalks (even that is a maybe for me!) and if you have planted a new variety (rather than moved an existing, known-good, root) and you want to check that it is actually a good flavour etc. so you can chuck it and get a different one in the ground thereby saving at least one season to maturity.
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