Rhubarb Plants
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Why are all of my rhubarb stalks tough and woody?

Zone 4 | wildenurs added on May 20, 2015 | Answered

I have always had beautiful rhubarb. This spring almost all of the stalks on my rhubarb plants are tough and woody. Is this preventable?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on May 20, 2015

Generally rhubarb will become tough as the stalks grow bigger. I like to harvest my stems when they are about 10 inches tall.
Does your rhubarb need to be divided?
This may be the case with your plant and here is a link to help you.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/rhubarb/dividing-rhubarb-plants.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/rhubarb/harvesting-rhubarb.htm

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