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    GlenAmple is offline Seedling
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    Default Question about flowering Rhubarb

    My Rhubarb, just like that of a few others, has thrown up a flower stalk. On this stalk along with the flower buds is a few stems of Rhubarb. I'm just wondering if the Rhubarb from here is good to eat or is it best thrown out with the flower and flower stalk?

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    I'd chuck it!

    Never thought about eating that bit- I'd have thought it'd be tough.

    ( mind you- I used to peel my rhubarb until I became a Grape- cos I thought you shouldn't eat the skin!)
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    Thanks Nicos, I'll just do that then, I've got a whopper of a crop anyway

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    I have discovered a very large old rhubarb in my new garden, I wasn't sure what it was at first as it had LOADS of old flower stems and until the leaves came through that was all there was.

    I'm not really a big fan of rhubarb but if it is in my garden it is going to be productive - what should I do with it? Will putting some well rotted manure on it help or not?

    Also any new ideas for eating it other than crumble?
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    Hmm....rhubarb wine.

    One of our best from last year. Glug.


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    Zazen - Have you got a link to the recipe you use for your wine please - I've seen so many that I don't know which one will make a good wine - I've got masses of rhubarb but not a wine recipe that I'm confident in investing time in!

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    i always cut the flowers out. I don't want the plant to be putting energy into flowers and seeds that it could be putting in to tasty stalks!!

    Every winter I bury my rhubard with compost, leaves, old dead plants and prunings etc. and each spring it comes up more vigorous than ever!
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    I read this week that the flower should be whipped off straight away as it affects the long term health of the plant?

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