Rhubarb Plants
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rhubarb

Zone 5045 | pamela humeniuk added on December 7, 2011 | Answered

The leaves on my rhubarb are very large and the stems have remained mainly green. I have picked quite a few stems but they are woody. Am I doing something wrong?

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Heather
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Answered on December 11, 2011

Some varieties of rhubarb are green stemmed. You may have a variety like this or one that does not turn red, but perhaps just gets a blush of it. You may be waiting too long to harvest. This would explain the woody stems, as if they will get woodier as they get older. Try harvesting younger stems, which will be more palatable.

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