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I have grown Rubarb a number of times in Brisbane and each year I used have the plants die on me each summer, They just rotted at the stems next to the soil.  I then planted them in a Narrow wicking garden with a 25 cm depth to the water reservoir.  I did need to fill the reservoir from below to ensure the soil at the surface stayed dry. I have had plants that became too congested and had to be divided, so this system works!!!

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 8, 2017 at 13:38

I love Rhubarb! Downside is the amount of sugar needed to make it palatable. You can add Apples, Lemon rind, honey as well or instead of sugar. My crown which I bought from Green Harvest struggled in the beds before I converted them to wicking beds and I haven't tried it since. My Dad always grew it in Sydney (its spiritual home) and in Ballina too which is wetter even that here in Briz. As far as I know, his was perennial.

Comment by Cathie MacLean on May 8, 2017 at 13:33

This is really good news for me... I purchased a couple of plants recently and have been unsure how to establish them for the best chance at success.

Comment by Christa on May 8, 2017 at 11:38

Good to hear about your success David, what variety of rhubarb do you have growing.  I was tempted to buy some Sydney crimson at the big Bunnies store but have not grown it before so hesitated. 

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