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I bought a new Rhubard plant this year, I have been told you shouldn't pull it the first year, is this correct?



Yes, it is correct - if you planted it in spring this year, then you can start pulling sticks next year. If you only planted it recently, then next year counts as its first year, so it shouldn't be cropped.

21 Sep, 2012


By not pulling in its first year, you let it build up strength before you start harvesting

21 Sep, 2012


I only partially agree with the previous comments.

Even in their first year some varieties will produce a lot.

If this is the case then I say it OK to remove up to half of it, this allows the remaining leaves to photosynthesise and feed the plant.

21 Sep, 2012


When you do pull it next year try to take only one stalk from each little clump so as not to weaken it too much.

21 Sep, 2012

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