How to grow rhubarb from seed is a question many gardeners face but often one that can be easily answered. If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the country that enjoys year round rhubarb season, there is absolutely no reason you should not be able to grow this delightful vegetable all year long. Unfortunately, if you live in an area where snap rhubarb is in season only during the winter, you may find that you are often left with a crop that is rather sparse. There are a number of ways to increase your chances of growing a healthy crop full of thick, sweet, succulent leaves.
When people think of rhubarb, they tend to associate it with the popular baked pie plant. In actuality there are several different species of rhubarb, but none are related to the popular pie plant. However, the vegetable does share a number of common characteristics with the popular vegetable. Whatever type of rhubarb you have, it will do you good to know how to grow it from seed.
Like most vegetables, rhubarb can be grown in a number of different soil types. However, it will grow best in slightly alkaline soil that has been enriched with a pH value of 7.5. This will ensure that the rhubarb seeds are not destroyed by excessive amounts of acidity. The rhubarb plant itself will benefit from an acidic soil as well, especially during its growing season. So the trick is to balance the acid levels in the soil. By planting your seed in the correct zone, you will achieve just that.
Planting seed in the right zone is important for two reasons. First, you want the rhubarb plants you have planted to get the proper nutrition. Second, you want to avoid destroying your garden when the seed starts to germinate. Zone zones are based on the width and depth of a rectangular area. You will need to use this same tool when you plant your seed in your garden.
Your next consideration when choosing the zone to plant your seed is the height of the seed. If the seed is too tall, it will be killed before it has a chance to sprout. On the other hand, if the seed is too short, it will not get the sunlight needed for germination. When you plant your rhubarb harvest in the correct area, you will get both of these factors working in your favor.
When you have decided where to plant your rhubarb crops, you will need to get them established. To begin with, you can transplant your plants indoors to a dark room or basement. Doing so will provide the seeds with the proper amount of light and warmth to grow.
After transplanting your seedlings, make sure that they are kept warm and well cared for. This means that you should provide them with approximately four hours of lighting per day, depending upon their size. In addition, keep the temperature around sixty degrees at all times. The last thing that you will need to do is put them in a separate room for the winter. It is important that you protect your young seedlings during the winter.
Once you have transplanted your seedlings into their new home, make sure that you follow the correct directions for germination. Continue to monitor the germination process as seedlings reach growth stages of about twelve weeks. Continue to do so every two weeks until the plants begin to sprout leaves. In the event that you have missed the first time that seedling sprouts, don’t worry about it because you can easily start over again.