Rheum × hybridum 'Timperley Early'
rhubarb 'Timperley Early'
A high-yielding first early cultivar. The thick stems are deep red at the base, passing to light green with red flecks; flesh is green
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
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Potentially harmful
- Harmful if eaten, except cooked leaf stalks. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when 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
This cultivar was bred for forcing but also performs very well outside. The colour will be better when forced. Can be susceptible to frost
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
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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