Victoria Organic

Victoria Organic

SKU: RH100
Victoria Organic rhubarb seeds are CERTIFIED ORGANIC! The greenish-red stalks of this heirloom variety have a slight flavour of red wine, and are never tough or stringy. Victoria is delicious in pies and cobblers. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

Matures in 12-18 months

Season Cool season

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Victoria Organic rhubarb seeds are CERTIFIED ORGANIC! The greenish-red stalks of this heirloom variety have a slight flavour of red wine, and are never tough or stringy. Victoria is delicious in pies and cobblers. The stalks are 25-30cm (10-12") long, under dark green, ruffled leaves. Sow in April, but wait 12-18 months before harvesting. After that, the stalks can be picked as needed from February to April each year. Choose a sunny site, and divide every four years. Rhubarb is perfect for the permaculture vegetable garden that focuses on perennial plants that can be harvested over many years.

Matures in 12-18 months. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Never tough or stringy
    • Perennial
    • Greenish-red stalks
    • Certified organic
    • Open pollinated seeds

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All About Victoria Organic

Latin

Latin
Rheum rhabarbarum
Family: Polygonaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Season: Cool season
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: Hardy to Zone 2

Timing

Timing
Sow indoors in early spring and transplant or direct sow about 8 weeks after the last frost date where plants are to grow permanently. Optimal soil temperature: 16-25°C (60-75°F). Seeds should sprout in 5-10 days.

Starting

Starting
Sow 2cm (1″) deep, but plan for large plants. One plant will typically satisfy the needs of one household. Farm rows 100-120cm (36-48″) apart, plants 120 (48″) apart in the row.

Growing

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. Any well-drained, moderately fertile garden soil will do. Mulch around plants in fall with finished compost or well rotted steer manure. Choose a sunny spot. Rhubarb is cold hardy and drought tolerant. After growth stops in the fall, the plants go dormant, and require a period below 4°C (40°F) to stimulate good spring bud growth. In the second year, remove flower stalks as they appear. Divide plants every 4-5 years. A well maintained plant should produce for over a decade.

Harvest

Harvest
Do not harvest during the first year of growth. Cut the tart red stalks in spring after the first year of undisturbed growth. Do not eat the leaves. Stalks can be harvested all at once or selectively as required.

Seed Info

Seed Info
In optimal conditions, at least 50% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years.

Diseases & Pests

Diseases & Pests
Pests: Watch for slugs around new seedlings. Otherwise, rhubarb is a tough, hardy plant with few pests.

How to Grow Rhubarb

Step 1: Timing

Sow indoors in early spring and transplant or direct sow about 8 weeks after the last frost date where plants are to grow permanently. Optimal soil temperature: 16-25°C (60-75°F). Seeds should sprout in 5-10 days.

Step 2: Starting

Sow 2cm (1″) deep, but plan for large plants. One plant will typically satisfy the needs of one household. Farm rows 100-120cm (36-48″) apart, plants 120 (48″) apart in the row.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8.

Any well-drained, moderately fertile garden soil will do. Mulch around plants in fall with finished compost or well rotted steer manure. Choose a sunny spot. Rhubarb is cold hardy and drought tolerant. After growth stops in the fall, the plants go dormant, and require a period below 4°C (40°F) to stimulate good spring bud growth. In the second year, remove flower stalks as they appear. Divide plants every 4-5 years. A well maintained plant should produce for over a decade.

Step 4: Germination

In optimal conditions, at least 50% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years.

Step 5: Harvest

Do not harvest during the first year of growth. Cut the tart red stalks in spring after the first year of undisturbed growth. Do not eat the leaves. Stalks can be harvested all at once or selectively as required.

Tips!

Disease & Pests: Watch for slugs around new seedlings. Otherwise, rhubarb is a tough, hardy plant with few pests.

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