Rhubarb

Rhubarb 'Raspberry Red'

Rhubarb - Rhubarb  'Raspberry Red'

Common Name: Rhubarb
Genus: Rhubarb
Cultivar: 'Raspberry Red'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Edible fruit, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Other features: the leaves may cause severe discomfort if ingested; the scarlet leaf stalks are excellent for making pies, jams and wine

Raspberry Red is a recent Rhubarb cultivar producing high quality deep red thick stalks without the need for forcing. The taste is sweet. It is ideal for well-drained areas of the vegetable garden and once planted it should not be moved. The plant would benefit from a generous annual mulch of well-rotted compost or manure.

  • Garden care: Dig the area in autumn incorporating a good amount of compost or well-rotted manure. Rake in a general fertiliser such as Growmore into the area just before planting. Keep plants well watered and remove any flowering shoots that appear. Mulch the crowns in January or February. It is best to allow new plants to become established during the first year before harvesting your first crop so wait for 12 - 18 months before you start pulling the sticks.


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