Rhubarb is not new to the world. It was
cultivated in Asia several thousand years ago for medicinal purposes, but more
recently is grown for eating. While red stalks on rhubarb are bright and
attractive, green-stalk varieties are larger and more vigorous. One to
try: Victoria rhubarb. For information about the rhubarb Victoria variety,
including tips on how to grow Victoria rhubarb, read on.
Rhubarb Victoria Variety
Most gardeners today grow rhubarb for its tart, succulent leaf
stalks. They are often used as “fruit” in pies, jams and sauces.
Rhubarb is divided into two groups, one with red stalks and
one with green. Victoria is among the most popular green-stalked varieties. But
don’t be surprised to see red blush in the base of the stalks of the rhubarb
Victoria variety as well.
You’ll find several hundred thousand heirloom vegetable
varieties in commerce, but only a few are considered all-time greats. These are
so high quality they are prized by gardeners everywhere. Victoria rhubarb
plants are among them and considered the gold standard in rhubarb.
Those already engaged in Victoria rhubarb growing say that
this species has large, fat stems, bright skin, and a wonderfully tart,
apple-gooseberry flavor with just a touch of citrus. It is also noteworthy that
Victoria rhubarb plants are not stringy at all.
Victoria Rhubarb Growing
If you are wondering exactly how to grow Victoria rhubarb, start
your plants from roots or crowns. You can buy these online, through
catalogs or from your local garden store. As with all rhubarb, you’ll need to
cultivate the soil first, adding manure, compost and fertilizer to the soil for
this heavy-feeding plant.
Since Victoria rhubarb plants are perennials, site them in
an area where you aren’t likely to disturb them during summer growth or winter
dormancy. They need a sunny spot with fertile, well-drained soil, clear of
weeds, ideally with average summer temperatures of 75 degrees F. (24 C.).
Plant the roots when you see leaves starting to bud. The
crown shouldn’t be more than a few inches below the soil surface.
For best results with Victoria rhubarb growing, give your
new plants deep waterings frequently and, twice a year, fertilize them with a
When is the Victoria rhubarb ripe?
You don’t have to worry about this. As of the third year, harvest
rhubarb stalks when they are large enough to use and keep harvesting any
sufficiently large stalks through summer. Note: Don’t eat the leaves, as
they contain a toxic acid.
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