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#28916 August 3rd, 2005 at 09:00 PM
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Last year I planted some rubarb. This year I've fertilized it a couple times to get bigger & thicker stalks. I used fertilzer with NPK ratio of 20-30-20. But, what has happened is there are more stalks, that are thin. What could I use to get bigger stalks? Or do I wait ti'll next year for the plant to mature even more?

#28917 August 3rd, 2005 at 10:03 PM
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wavey , thebearswoman! I am sorry that I don't know anything about rhubarb, but just wanted to welcome you to the forum. Don't despair, though. I am sure someone will be along shortly that can answer your question. Meanwhile, you could do a search on the board and find out some information.

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#28918 August 4th, 2005 at 01:25 AM
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Usually, for us here in my growing zone of 5,
we only harvest in the spring time and early summer...
Nothing past that...*someone told me there
is a second harvest, but stalks are only pencil
thin..*

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I used fertilzer with NPK ratio of 20-30-20.
I personally wouldn't use that on rhubarb..
the higher middle number makes the plant
want to flower and/or make seeds...

I only use compost or a very aged manure
in the spring around the circumference of
where the drip line would be for the plant....

I know that the plant likes a growing medium
of organic type to be grown in.

Does that help a little bit...
*I am still new to growing rhubarb,
so there maybe a few other's along the way
with additional answers for you!!!

Hey, and Welcome to The Garden Helper's Forum
by the way, we're very glad you found us!!!! wavey wavey

#28919 August 4th, 2005 at 07:20 PM
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Hmmmmm, smile I betcha that, that guy that does that radio show on saturday mornings kissies

#28920 August 4th, 2005 at 07:23 PM
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Oh yeah I agree that type of fertilizer was the wrong thing to put on them. Maybe a more balanced type like 20-20-20 would have been better. Live and learn I guess lala

#28921 August 4th, 2005 at 08:31 PM
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Hold it Mr plant doc you are the one who put it on the rhubarb! So if you are so smart buy me some 20-20-20!!!

#28922 August 4th, 2005 at 09:52 PM
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I second Weezie's advice. Also someone told me that the more water they get the faster they grow. Not sure about that bit of wisdom but I have been able to harvest all spring and summer. Maybe I just lucked out and found the perfect home in my yard for them. Anyway, hope you find the answer.


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