The space demanded by this plant, combined with its exhaustive results on the soil, makes it almost impossible to bring the vegetable into the individual plot. However, on large plots it is possible to cultivate small stools. Planting may proceed in September or October, and also in March. Dress the surrounding soil with rich manure, and when the crowns are ready to burst they should be covered with straw, litter, or some other suitable covering to foster rapid growth.' The large stools should be divided in spring and the strongest crowns replanted. The stalks must be carefully pulled so that the crowns are not injured.
Fig. 50 a rhubarb crown ready for planting.