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    Question Rhubarb Rhubarb

    I noticed the other day when we were down the plot that some of our Rhubarb crowns have started to sprout, throwing out a leaf and stem or two each!

    Should it really be doing so at this time of year, or is it just down to the incredibly mild weather we've been having?

    Is there any problem with it growing now, is it in danger of damaging the root system if we have a really cold snap?

    Should we cut it back, or just leave it be?

    Has anyone else noticed their Rhubarb growing now?

    Any advice or opinions welcome!
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    It won't get damaged by the cold Mrs D as my dad used to dig a chunk up & leave on the top of the soil to get frosted before he moved it into the greenhouse to force it - so it's tough!!

    As to it growing, I guess it is the mild weather , my Californian lilac has been flowering off and on since October !!!
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    I've got sprouting rhubarb here too. I even have cuttings I took from other fruit plants (mainly blueberries) that are starting to bud up and look like they will leaf out soon. I have just had my first hail shower and have only had two or three mild frosts so far this autumn/winter. Mild but strangely miserable over here!

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    Don't cut it back, leave it and see what happens. Got all sorts of strange things going on down here in Suffolk. Bluebells starting to put leaves up! Green buds on the lilac

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    I'd leave well alone - let nature take its' course.

    Don't worry about the frost - rhubarb originates from Siberia so is well used to it and actually needs it!!

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    Cool, thanks for the replies guys n gals! Looks like I'll leave it well alone, with the crazy weather at the moment we may even get an extra early crop!! Hmm, now where did I put that rhubarb schnapps recipe?
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    Here in the famous Yorkshire Rhubarb triangle where it is used for starter - main and desert courses we know a thing or two about this great vegetable.

    Before the crowns are put in the forcing sheds they are left exposed to the frost so I don't think you have anything to worry about Mrs D. If you want an early sweet crop don't forget to force the blighters.
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    Had a look at my rhubarb (I got it from another grape ) and yes, it does have noses up. I'm not worried about it. It's perfectly hardy and I'm confident it will have no problem getting through the winter. Yours will be fine too.

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