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I have a clear gel like substance on the stalks of my rhubarb. Can you suggest what this might be? DonFoley, Maynooth, Co Kildare Posted: 13/06/2016

The gel is sap that has exuded, due to some form of damage usually, sometimes after a burst of rapid growth, which we have had.

  Rhubarb being eaten

Rhubarb being eaten

I enclose a photo of rhubarb plants which are being eaten. I'm wondering what could be attacking them at this time of year and what remedy you would recommend. The variety is 'Timperly Early'. I have applied slug pellets to no avail. Curious, Headford, Co Galway Posted: 08/01/2016

This looks like weather damage. Very early growth is soft and a turn in the weather can cause it to struggle.

As the weather improves, the plant will outgrow this damage. 



What should I put on rhurbarb now to feed it for next year. I cannot get old horse manure. I was wondering if "sea mun gus" (fish-seaweed-humic acid. would suffice. Tiger, Glounthaune, Co Cork Posted: 14/10/2011


Rhubarb can be fed in winter or early spring, using any sort of well-rooted organic material, such as compost, manure or even lawn mowings. The bulky organic material helps to keep the soil moist in early summer.


Rhubarb - when do I stop pulling it?

I'm very pleaaed with my rhubarb as it's been very plentiful this year. I am now wondering when I should stop pulling it? RayD, Limerick, Co Limerick Posted: 05/09/2011


Normally you stop pulling rhubarb in August to allow the plants to build up strength for the following year.



Can you eat rhubarb the first year of planting? 1948, enniscorthy, Co Wexford Posted: 13/07/2011


yes, yoiu can use a few stalks, Using too many can reduce the plant's vigour and it is best left to grow from the start of August to build up for next year.

Commercial growers do not pick in the first year.



I had bought a rhubarb plant to grow at the back of my shed about two months ago.. in the first few weeks it was doing great the leaves were growing.. then a few weeks later the plant just died all of a sudden? what may have caused it to die.? please help as i would like to grow some more next year..? ladybird16, tullamore, Co Offaly Posted: 16/06/2011


It is likely that the rhubarb plant was dry and the foliage died back. The plant is probably still alive and will recover. Water it a few times and see if it recovers.


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