Q and A: apple barbeque sauce, harvesting rhubarb, and potato blight — 1 Comment

  1. Teresa, be sure you cut off any rhubarb seed stalks as soon as you see them, unless you want to save seed to start. Leaving them on the plant will cut down on the amount of rhubarb stalks it produces as energy goes into seed production. Some rhubarb varieties and growing conditions will cause the plant to bolt very early in the season, but that doesn’t mean your harvest is over. Just cut and remove the seed stalk and the plant will keep on producing. As Jackie said, the plant will tell you when it is done for the season, usually due to an increase in temperature, by producing stalks that are dry and tough. To avoid the possibility of overwintering diseases I remove all of the wilted leaves and stalks in the fall and dispose of them.