When I think about gardeners I always think that there are 3 types of gardeners. Quick gardeners that buy 100 fully grown flower containers in one year, plant all of them and have fully grown garden in less then 2 months. Normal gardeners that have a garden filled both with bought plants and sown ones, and then there are slow lunatics like me. ;)
I buy only seeds and grow everything from seeds. It takes me twice as much time to have a nice grown plant but I still prefer to do it this way. Over the years I've noticed that with bought grown plants and bought bulbs I've had more disappointing moments than enjoyable ones. Some might remember my despair with my bought lilly bulb. That was the last time I bought any kind of bulbs or plants in the store.
This year I decided to grow rhubarb. Vegetable very popular in other parts of Europe but very rare in Croatia. Grown vegetable can be found only in old kitchen gardens and some street vegetable markets but never in stores. Rhubarb seedlings are almost impossible to find and people who grow them have seedling only for themselves or for professional use.
Also there is almost no way of getting seeds and it's a common myth that rhubarb can't be grown from seeds.
This was one of the reason I never grew it before, since I don't want seedlings, only seeds, I couldn't find any until now.
This year I managed to get some Rhubarb Glaskins seeds. Like a big nerd I searched through the internet to get as much information as I could, but the information made me more confused.
Croatian sites all say that rhubarb is almost never grown from seeds and that it's a plant difficult to grow. European sites say it's an easily grown perennial vegetable and American sites say that it's a vegetable that can be easily grown but in some parts can be grown only as annual.
The only thing all sites have in common is the fact that rhubarb grown from seeds shouldn't be harvested first year.
I've sown my rhubarb in late February and moved it outside in late March. Today I have separated it to individual containers and now I have absolutely no idea what to do with it.
Should I grow it as an annual and force it outside in early May, or grow it as perennial and leave it in containers until it gets strong enough to form a little bush. Right now it looks to me like it is still too small for transplanting. Roots are still small and delicate and it would not survive my clay soil.
And where do I plant it? Some sites say it should go in sunny place, but my sun is like a desert sun and I have a feeling it would burn it completely. I've seen rhubarb in only one garden in my village and it is in shady place, protected from wind and rain. The more information I get the more confused it makes me
What should I do? When do I transplant my rhubarb seedlings?
- Vegetable Encyclopedia