Victoria Rhubarb Seeds

$4.49

This popular heirloom was first released in 1837 in Deptford, England, and was named in honour of the Queen at the time. In 1938, Victoria rhubarb was introduced to the USA via Burpee’s seed catalogue and it quickly became a garden anchor, particularly in northern climates. This perennial will remain extremely productive for many years to come, so choosing an appropriate location is crucial.

Victoria rhubarb prefers partial shade but is so tough it can easily withstand a burning afternoon sun. These plants can tolerate a fair amount of neglect and are quite easy to grow from seeds. The slightly sweet, juicy stalks are deep crimson red with a touch of green on the inside and are an ideal cooking type of rhubarb. Victoria rhubarb is perfect for pies, cobblers and muffins.

 

- Latin Name: Rheum rhabarbarum
- Days to Maturity: 365
- Life Cycle: Perrenial
- Canada Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Start Indoors or Cold Frame: 4-6 weeks before transplanting outdoors
- Planting Depth: 0.5 cm
- Days to Germination: 14-21
- Germination Optimal Soil Temperature: 16-25°C
- Transplant Seedlings: 70-90 cm apart
- Direct Sowing: After last spring frost 
- Seed Spacing: 2 seeds every 5 cm
- Thinning Seedlings: Progressively until 70-90 cm apart
- Row Spacing: 90-120 cm
- Plant Height: 30-60 cm
- Harvest: Start lightly harvesting during the second year, cut stalks when they are of edible size.
- Average Seeds Needed Per 10 m Row: 20
- Average Yield Per 10 m Row: 3-5 lb.

GROWING INSTRUCTIONS

If you enjoy the tart stalks, starting your own rhubarb patch would be a worthy investment. Growing rhubarb from seed will be a two-year commitment. First get the bed established, and then see production the following year. Rhubarb isn’t a particularly picky plant. Without much maintenance, this perennial bush will reward you bountifully for a good long time.

Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the final frost. Starting with small pots, plant two seeds in each, about 1 cm deep. Maintain moisture, warmth and a constant light source through the seedling phase.

Rhubarb will do well under full sun and tolerate partial shade. Make sure to choose a site that is well-drained. The crowns and roots are liable to rot if planted in soggy soil. Keep in mind each plant will eventually sprawl and take up much space. Plant seedlings about 90 cm apart and allow to spread and fill out the bed.

In the first season clip flower stems to promote the establishment of the roots. At 25 cm tall, harvest stalks by cutting at the base or twist stalks until they break from the base. Don’t pick heavily, especially a young plant. Always leave enough that the plant can regenerate.

Beware of the poisonous leaves, discard them somewhere inaccessible to children and pets. In mid to late summer, drastically slow down your picking. Plants will need this time to grow and generate and store energy for the winter.

Rhubarb can be used very much like a fruit. It’s deliciously sweet and tart when baked in a pie or concocted into a sauce or preserve. When established after a few years, separate the plants if they get too crowded. Rhubarb will perform especially well in cold climates. The unfurling green leaves and magenta shoots are a welcoming sight in the spring.

QUICK FACTS

- The Chinese have used rhubarb roots for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. During Islamic times, rhubarb was imported along the Silk Road, eventually reaching Europe by the 14th century.

- Although rhubarb is a vegetable, it is often put to the same culinary uses as fruits.

- Rhubarb seeds will remain viable for 3 years if stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 4 and 10⁰C. After that, the germination rate may start to go down.

OUR SEED GUARANTEE

You know that a lush, fruitful garden needs good soil, frequent watering, and sunlight to grow, but it’s the seeds that really make the harvest.

Picked and bagged for 2023 the vast majority of our seeds have germination rates of over 85%. The seeds are all-natural, non-GMO, non-hybrid, untreated, and open-pollinated for seed saving.

We have put a lot of thoughts into the design and packaging of our seed packets. Our seeds are all carefully packed in food grade kraft paper/aluminium zipper lock bags, and then are shipped in eco-friendly padded mailers.

We heat-seal each of our seed packet for even more protection from moisture, odour and light, allowing you to store your seeds for up to 3x longer than paper or plastic. Plant them all, germinate some indoors, save some for next season - it’s up to you!

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11/05/2022
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Perfect! Fast shipping, great packaging.

Perfect! Fast shipping, great packaging.