Has anyone ever tried growing Rhubarb in the south?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by KellyHM, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Is it possible? Can you plant it in a large pot and bring it indoors during the really hot days. I love rhubarb and can't get it down here, so I was just wondering if there's a way to grow it.
  2. easton coop

    easton coop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2010
    Winchester UK
    I grow it in pots and it does really well. I keep mine out all year, in all weathers and it just keeps coming up! I also have some in the veg patch which does just as good. The weather here in the UK ranges from about -10 to 30 degrees C. you could always just try it and see what happens! Hope this helps!!
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I don't think I've heard of anyone south of Virginia that had any luck with it. In the mountains maybe. Too hot in Florida for sure. You might possibly grow it as a winter annual.

  4. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Greenleaf, WI
    Not sure about how hot is too hot, but rhubarb does need a period of freezing each year. You'd have to put the roots in the freezer during the fall and winter months (or maybe during the hottest months?) That's why it does so well here. Some of our neighbors have patches the size of Volkswagon Beetles!
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2010
  5. phoenixmama

    phoenixmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    Gilbert, Arizona
    Here in the desert there are some that can grow it...so it can survive REALLY hot weather. Although, I'm sure it gets a bit colder here in the winter then it does in Florida.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I live in the N. Ga. mtns and have a decent rhubarb patch. Doesn't seem to need much tending, really. Mine is out there growing really well right now.
  7. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Quote:I've never even seen Rhubarb other than on TV.
  8. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    mine is just starting to come up.
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It does need a chilling dormancy, but don't know if the root itself will survive frozen soil. At least here, the soil gets down to like the 40's for about 5 months, which seems to be enough to get huge plants by spring. Probably can do it in the south, but I'd just refrigerate the roots instead of freezing.
  10. Royd

    Royd Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Middleburg, Fl.
    Being, originally, from Colo. it was summer fare...Rhubarb pie.

    I have tried growing it, but it requires a dormant season, and according to an expert, on the radio, cool summer nights, are the true key....Like about 50 degrees..Daytime temp. doesn't matter.

    You can grow it, a season at a time, but the plant will not last.

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