Use A Rhubarb Forcer Pot To Grow Sweeter Rhubarb

A row of terra cotta rhubarb forcing jars in a garden

Forcing rhubarb allows gardeners to harvest sweeter-tasting stems much earlier in the season, sometimes as early as late winter. While this practice is popular in England, few American gardeners employ this technique. Yet, all it takes is a way to exclude sunlight from the rhubarb crown. How to Force Rhubarb There are several ways to force rhubarb, but they all rely on three key factors: Indoor Method Follow these steps to harvest rhubarb during the winter months: Shed Method This is similar to the indoor method except the crowns are potted and placed in an outdoor shed or garage after being exposed to cold temperatures. The crowns can also be potted and placed in an outdoor shed while their chill hour requirements are being met. Either way, the pots can be moved to a slightly warmer (50 degrees F.) location, or a heat source can be added to the shed […]

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