Rheum × hybridum 'Reed's Early Superb'
rhubarb 'Reed's Early Superb'
'Reed's Early Superb' is a vigorous maincrop cultivar with long, straight, medium to thick stems which are succulent and tender. Bright red colour grading to dark green. Has exhibition potential
Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread1.5–2.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- Leaves mildly toxic if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Rheum are robust rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with large, simple or palmately lobed leaves and tall leafy stems bearing large panicles of tiny flowers
- Name status
How to grow
Any fertile garden soil can be used for rhubarb as long as it is well-drained and in full sun. Crowns (""sets"") can be cropped for ten or more years, though division may be necessary after about five years. Plant crowns in November or December and up to the beginning of March if necessary. A spring mulch of well-rotted organic matter 7cm (2 1/2in) deep will help to retain moisture but do not bury the crowns. Plants will also respond to watering during prolonged dry periods in summer. Apply a general fertiliser such as growmore in spring or summer at 70g per sq m (2oz per square yard)
Lift crowns between autumn and early spring (usually in November). Use a spade to divide the crown into sections each retaining a portion of the rhizome (thickened root) and at least one growing point. Sections from the outer part are better than the centres of old plants. Discard any old or decayed parts of the crown. Replant straight away or wrap in damp sacking until ready to plant
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Patio and container plants
- Low Maintenance
Remove any flower heads that may develop. Allow the foliage to die back naturally in autumn then cut away the old leaves to expose the growing points to winter cold
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