I was watching my 2nd-year rhubarb plant, marveling at the little round bulb forming in the center and how it gradually rose in a stalk of flowers. Somebody told me that you should not necessarily let it flower because then you will get fewer usable stems for pie. Oops. Well, that’s just that much less sugar I’ll be eating this summer, so perhaps it is for the best.
I’ll say this was my year of rhubarb discovery. Now, I know what happens and so in the future I will stunt the flower growth. I have chopped off the flower stalk now and, sure enough, I am getting more edible parts. On top of that, the second plant that we thought we’d accidentally killed last year finally appeared and is far behind its brother but is trying to catch up.
I find it interesting that the rhubarb I’d planted by the strawberries out at the barn never really flourished. It finally died away. This new patch is quite happy in its home and I think we’ll have it for years to come. Why?