So myself and my partner bought some Rhubarb seeds last year and we planted them. Now nothing came up that year but we were told that would happen but in fairness I expected something but nothing, no leaves, stalks nothing. To be honest I assumed it was dead.
We moved house and originally it was in a pot, a large one but a pot none the less. After the move (at the time we were away) I realised that one of the pots (the rhubarb one) had been knocked over and some of the earth spilled out. That was last year, but where the Rhubarb is now is not in the pot, seems that some of the spillage contained a spore or something that took there in the shade and its doing incredible, its not where I would have placed it but there it is. The growth has been incredible, I cant get over the growth really.
I have been reading up a bit and it seems that you are not supposed to take anything from the plant in the first year and then the second year only a small amount (One third or so max) and then the 3rd year all bets are off.
So, firstly I don't know if this would be considered the 1st year or second year and secondly, what I have read has told me that the reason for leaving it alone is because you want it to take hold but this plant is so large.
So, can I harvest it this year? If so, how large do the stalks need to be? Any guidelines?
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