Win a copy of For the Love of Paw Paws this week in the Fruit Trees forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
stewards:
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Mike Jay Haasl
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • James Freyr
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Dave Burton
  • Pearl Sutton

Growing rhubarb in the south

 
garden master
Posts: 2761
Location: West Tennessee
827
cat purity trees books chicken food preservation cooking building homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
My wife asked me to look into growing rhubarb. I've never grown it before, and from what I gathered researching the plant is it's a perennial, requires extended chill hours in the winter and prefers summer temperatures on the cooler more temperate side. I'm curious if anyone here who lives in the sweltering south has made an attempt at rhubarb, has had any success or perhaps knows of a variety that tolerates higher temperatures.
 
garden master
Posts: 2133
Location: Officially Zone 7b, according to personal obsevations I live in 7a, SW Tennessee
686
forest garden foraging books food preservation cooking fiber arts bee medical herbs
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I used to know of someone in Memphis area who kept some rhubarb alive. They planted it in the flower bed underneath a window air conditioner, to use that drip, drip, drip, watering the plants. I don't have any personal experience with it.
 
Posts: 75
Location: Suburbs Salt Lake City, Utah 6a 24 in rain 58 in snow
3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
It grows fine here in Utah. Our summers are typically HOT...many days over 100 degrees. The plants like to be shaded from the western sun.
 
pollinator
Posts: 229
Location: ALASKA
22
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I grew up and lived in North East Georgia all my life until 12 years ago when we moved to Alaska.  Our next door neighbor had rhubarb in her kitchen garden right outside the back door.  Had had it for many years.  Grew great there.  You should not have any problems growing it in TN.  I would probably not grow it on the south side of the house where it is in hot full sun, but maybe on the east or north side where it tends to be a little cooler.
 
pollinator
Posts: 423
Location: Upstate SC
38
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
In the deep South it tends to be short lived with Phytophthora crown rot taking them out within a few years.
 
pollinator
Posts: 1003
Location: Nevada, Mo 64772
67
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I can't get it to live more than a year or two. Probably root rot. I'm going to try again n a raised bed.
 
gardener
Posts: 1813
Location: Zone 6b
206
cat fish trees books urban food preservation solar woodworking greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
There is rumored to be a variant of Victoria available from Mid-Texas that does fairly well in the hotter climates, but past about zone 8  (9 or warmer) can be difficult to keep going. I am at 6b and a raised bed and drip watering system with mulch is doing well after five years...
 
pollinator
Posts: 4328
Location: Anjou ,France
240
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Rhubarb started out as a Chinese medinicial herb until  British gardeners managed to grow it bigger and turned it into a fruit so I am not sure that crown rot is the issue as we get crown rot in the UK too. In the wild they grow in damp areas next to running water and don't like to get too dry .

David
 
James Freyr
garden master
Posts: 2761
Location: West Tennessee
827
cat purity trees books chicken food preservation cooking building homestead
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I want to thank everyone for their input! I'm gonna give it a try and see what happens.
 
Of course, I found a very beautiful couch. Definitely. And this tiny ad:
permaculture bootcamp - learn permaculture through a little hard work
https://permies.com/wiki/bootcamp
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!