Best Time to Transplant Rhubarb

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The best time to transplant rhubarb is in the fall, but other seasons work too as long as the root is replanted quickly and given good sun. Transplant rhubarbs to split the plants and generate new growth with tips from an expert gardener in this free video on caring for trees and plants.

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about the best time to transplant Rhubarb. Rhubarb is a wonderful plant. It grows very lush leaves and it is the stems themselves from the leaves that are used as the Rhubarb and you can cook them down and mix them with strawberries and put a little bit of sugar with them and add them to ice cream or make a nice strawberry rhubarb pie but rhubarb is a wonderful plant to have in your garden and it is really a great plant to work with in the kitchen as well so the best time to transplant the rhubarb is in the Fall once they are done growing, done blooming and they are starting to die back a little bit or not looking quite as good then I just trim them back a bit, dig them up and separate it so as long as you have got a stem and a root you will have a new plant and the trick is to plant them back in the ground right away because they are a root and they don't want to be out of the ground too long, they'll dry up and you'll lose them so put them in a full sunny spot. Transplant them any time, in the Fall is the best time but even if you divide them in the Winter time or early Spring that's o'kay too, any time they're not growing a lot you can transplant them because they are a really strong plant. It doesn't really matter when you transplant them they're going to grow no matter what you do to them. So the best time is in the Fall, transplant them and put them in their new area immediately and that new spot so you can have lots and lots of rhubarb for the next year.

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