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    I planted rhubarb for the first time last year. It was in a part shady plot with good soil conditions. The rhubarb thrived for a fortnight and then I noticed a stem had become seperated from the main plant. As time went on all the stems had come away. It appeared the stems had been atacked right at the stem base, soil level. Not sure if it was disease or insect?
    Anyone else suffered a similar problem.

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    What time of year did this happen?

    Rhubarb is herbaceous, so will naturally die back over winter ...
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    Mid summer, so it had time to grow on before the on set of winter. I'm concerned the site was too shady

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    It doesn't mind a bit of shade, not too much though
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    Did the stems seem rotten? Did the crown rot? Over-watering? Planted too deep in wet soil?


    It could have been slugs, but they don't normally eat rhubarb
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    Yes Two Sheds the stems did look rotten and I was aware they needed to be well watered. I bet thats whats happened - thanks

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    slugs eat my rhubarb

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxHillGardener View Post
    slugs eat my rhubarb
    You'll be needing some chooks then!

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