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Herbaceous Perennial

Rheum × hybridum 'Timperley Early'
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rhubarb 'Timperley Early'

'Timperley Early' is 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

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green
Summer Red Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Polygonaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Leaves mildly toxic if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

This cultivar was bred for forcing but also performs very well outside. The colour will be better when forced. Can be susceptible to frost

Propagation

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
Pruning

Allow the foliage to die back naturally in autumn then cut away the old leaves to expose the growing points to winter cold

Pests

Aphids, slugs and snails may be problematic

Diseases

Honey fungus and a virus may be troublsome

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