These varieties are quite colorful and described by color as
red, green or speckled with pink. We tend to prefer the red
because we think it is sweeter for cooking purposes. This is
not always the case. Green stalks are just as good.
Canada Red Rhubarb
A variety I have bought and get get good results. Stalks are short and slender and very red. They are in fact sweet. They just don't produce as many seed stalks.
Cherry Red Rhubarb
Have long stalks that are thick and they too are red. They produce quite heartily and are sweet and tender as well.
Crimson Red rhubarb
Have very tall stalks and are brilliant red in color.
The MacDonalds' Rhubarb
Variety is bright red also, very tender, and an excellent producer of stalks.
The Valentine Rhubarb
Dark red in color both raw and cooked. It does not have as much acid and does not produce many seed stocks.
The Victoria Rhubarb
This brand is the speckled kind. The stalks are green, but speckled with pink at the base of the plant.
If you want your rhubarb stalks to be red throughout, look for the "Crimson" variety. They can also be known as Crimson Red Rhubarb, Crimson Wine Rhubarb, or Crimson Cherry Rhubarb.
Generally speaking, these rhubarb-varieties are considered all good eating plants.
If the weather seems to be still a bit frosty outside in the early spring, not to worry. Go ahead and begin to plant. The rhubarb will survive.
The crown should be a few inches below the soil level and have at least one good bud on it. Be sure it is free of rot. Plant 3 feet apart or even more if you have the space. The rows should be well spaced too.
Your plants should also be off to one side of your garden. The foliage can become quite huge and you don't want them interfering with your other flowers or vegetables.
Give your rhubarb enough room to flourish.
And flourish they will. There is no reason not to.
With any one of the rhubarb-varieties you have chosen, they are sure to provide you with years of good produce.
It just takes some time and patience to allow the plants to develop a solid and strong root system and get to the good producing stage. Don't be tempted to pick too early.
This is my own Canada Red Rhubarb Variety, which has grown quite well in a container.
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