Rhubarb Flowers…not any more!

As you may have guessed, my rhubarb that i planted last year decided to try to start a family in my yard and shot up a huge flower stalk.  Little did it know, i was watching…

and the flower didn’t last long!

Why did i cut it? Because i don’t want the rhubarb sacraficing energy and stalk/leaf growth for flower and seed production.  I’ve read that it’ll probably try again, but i’ll simply cut it off again until it gets the message.  Plants can flower because they are happy, and ready to reproduce, or because they are very stressed and think they’re going to die- thus a last ditch effort to reproduce…heat and drought are probably the most common causes of stress induced flowering.  As far as i can tell, my rhubarb is healthy and happy.

If you want to get technical- i should say that the rhubarb is “bolting,” since i don’t want it to reproduce- making the flower unwanted.  “Flowering” is when a plant produces a flower that you want.  For example, one of my orchids decided to “flower.”

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About Ryan

Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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One Response to Rhubarb Flowers…not any more!

  1. Kim says:

    “Plants can flower because they are happy, and ready to reproduce, or because they are very stressed and think they’re going to die”.

    And because they need an excuse to buy the kids version of Settlers of Catan!

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