stems, do not put them on the compost heap. your rhubarb, don't do this on the same plant two years running. Dieback of crowns: Waterlogged soils or a very wet season can cause rotting in the crown. It is okay for the rhubarb to dry out between watering. of sunlight. Foliage diseases usually do not cause serious harm to rhubarb. Picture Gallery Rhubarb can also be planted in very large pots at least 50cm (20in) deep and wide. Cauliflower Once the first signs of crown rot are noticed, it’s best to simply pull the infected plants and discard them promptly. , Sweetcorn fertiliser spread around each plant in February and August time will provide Broccoli Purple Sprouting are a couple of things you can do to reduce the problem. Unfortunately there’s no remedy. leaves get older in the season the slugs and snails will leave them alone - Serious illnesses with rhubarb can destroy the plant from the inside. Foliage diseases usually do not cause serious harm to rhubarb. your plant may not be getting enough nutrients. Basically if you you do as I’ve suggested in the previous paragraphs you should be o.k! It occasionally develops crown rot from Phytophthora fungus, which usually kills the plant since it doesn't respond to antifungal agents. Promptly remove flower stalks and discolored or infected looking leaves. Plant Position. full shade. The fungi will remain in the soil for a few years so if you plan to plant Rhubarb grown in full sun is also more likely have red leaves because they have more residual glucose in them compared to rhubarb grown in part or Polytunnels few in the next year. Crown rot aside, which we explain below, the main problems are a Rhubarb is a robust, clump forming plant. Spinach Rhubarb is a hardy plant that can be grown in vegetable gardens with relative ease; it can be afflicted with crown rot, however, which is very damaging to the plant.  VEGETABLES Although rhubarb often At the end of that page there is also a form for you to submit any new question or comment you Discard any rotting roots. their best. replacement rhubarb, and don't want crown rot, then plant them in a different Rhubarb is a tough, resilient plant. Maintaining healthy crowns is vital for the production of a strong harvest. Rhubarb is a tough, resilient plant. A couple of handfuls of Usually, there’s little you can do to save plants, so prevention is important. Lettuce Rhubarb is also susceptible to the root disease honey fungus and a bacterial crown rot. Rhubarb comment / question and answer pagelists their comments, Finally, don't harvest rhubarb stalks in the first year and only take a provide an ideal environment for slugs and snails. Peas, The stalks and leaves are also killed. or Those red colours are present in the leaves most of the time but the About Us / Contact So, unless the damage is very extensive, it may well be best to Rhubarb crowns are the portions of a rhubarb plant located under the ground's surface that consist of rhizomes and buds. French Beans Courgettes Any of these diseases will weaken the plant and it is best to dig up affected plants and start again on a new site. Crown rot is the most common. The rhubarb crown should be placed in the soil approximately 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) deep for the best results. questions and answers. Potatoes, simply ignore the pests. start shutting down for winter and use the energy stored in the rhubarb crown as Build Raised Bed A major factor which will increase the risk of crown rot is having the Leaving it too