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    I have been offered some rhubarb crowns that are several years old - my neighbours have more than they want/need.

    Any tips to successfully transplant them would be appreciated.
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    Rhubarb is easily transplanted. You could dig some good compost in the area you intend planting them as rhubarb appreciates rich soil. Early spring you could give it a top dressing of well rotted manure. Treat it well and it will go on for years

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    If you have suitable space next to your compost bin for the rhubarb it will love it there with its little feet in the rich soil around the base of the heap.

    Tam's advice above is spot-on, my rhubarb has been going for 20 years, just a bit of thinning out from time to time and plenty of compost in the early spring.

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    Thanks for advice - should we dig the compost in now and plant the rhubarb at the same time OR compost the soil now and plant rhubarb in the spring?

    Unfortunately we can't plant near compost bins as they are in a corner next to a hedge, but will hopefully have plenty of compost as several bins on the go!
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    I'm in a similar situation here- only it's my rhubarb I'm moving from the home jungle to the allotment. I cleared a space near the compost bins a few weeks ago- but I've been thinking- I did try and move a rhubarb to there last year when I got the lottie- I accidently dug it up- and it just put a single little leaf out in the new spot before giving up; is this likely to mean there was a problem in the soil, or just that I damaged the plant too much? Also, I'm suspicious that bit's going to be a bit of a frost pocket, as it's at the bottom of a slope, and is one of the last places on the plot to get light.

    I have another little bed with better light, but probably much lower fertility- would that be better? If so, any suggestions for what would be a good, preferably perma, plant to go near the bins, in a slightly cold and out-the-way corner?
    Thanks for any advice, I just don't want to lose my nice rhubarb.

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    Now that we've all grown our rhubarb - Breakfast treat: Stewed rhubarb, teaspoon of ginger cordial, dollop of creme fraise, Oooooh !!

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    My understanding and what I have always followed is to throw the crowns down and leave them overwinter for the frosts to get a hold of and then to plant up in the springtime. They survive so it can't be that wrong but is it right?

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    I should prepare the soil and plant the crowns now - don't plant them too deeply. a covering of an inch or two is about right. Once they are in ( about three feet apart) give them a mulch over the top and this will help to repress the weeds, whilst improving the soil

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