How To Start Rhubarb From Seed

well lr1 it's Luke from in my garden

channel again here with another very

quick very exciting episode for you what

we got is a super exciting little series

here it's three parts they're gonna be

uploaded separately so you can watch

them at your leisure and watch which

one's apply it to you

but they're going to be on how to start

from seed these three specific plants

because I get them all the time and I

think that they're important to put in

the garden the first one is going to be

low that sun's coming out the first

which is a good thing the first one is

going to be rhubarb rhubarb is one that

is very hard to mess up but somehow

people do it the next one is going to be

celery and then the next one after that

is going to be asparagus three awesome

plants that are beautiful plants

two of them are perennials so I

recommend getting them in your garden

because perennials will come back for

you they take very little care once

they're established alright let's get

started with the first one so the first

thing we're going to want to do is we're

going to want to start with a good seed

starting mix here the seed starting mix

is what we're using for everything but

it's a very well draining soil make sure

but it's also very airy and light it's

got good porosity means it holds on to

just the right amount of water so it's

just like a sponge almost and we've

freed it we've pre-moistened it and

we're putting it into larger containers

that we usually start in the reason why

for the rhubarb you want to start and

cut a larger container is because they

grow very fast and they don't like to be

root bound very much because the fact

that they're perennial they have really

fast growing roots because perennials

have basically adapted their root

growing to grow super fast so once they

start seed they're going people to be

well established by the time winter

comes so there are some of the fastest

growing root systems out there in the

garden so you want to give them a little

bit more space than you would normally

so they're not stressed out and also

what we want to do is we want to only

plant about two seeds per cell here

because the fact we're actually gonna

spin down to one typically with other

vegetables you can start you know three

four or five in there and kind of break

the club apart and separate them you

don't want to do any damaging of the

roots so we really only want to plan

about two seeds per square here these

are two inch by two inch square pot and

what that's going to do is it's going to

allow us to not waste as much seed and

we're gonna have better results because

you don't want to rip into any of these

you basically once you plant it plant it

prune to the healthiest one per square

and leave it until it's ready to be

transplanted into the garden these

rhubarb are very fast maturing and fast

to sprout so they're gonna be ones where

if you're a if you're beginning gardener

you're gonna be able to see the you're

gonna be able to see if you're

successful or not within about five to

seven days so it's a very fast maturing

seed and here's what the seeds look like

pretty awesome they just got kind of a

little three-dimensional shape to them

they're pretty cool but each one will

give you one plant so you don't have to

worry about multiple seeds there's

certain plants that produce multiple

seeds in each seed pod this is just one

pod so they're easy to hold and all

you're going to do is you're going to

when you first start your seeds you want

to put your holes about no deeper than

your first knuckle on your finger no

deeper than that you can go a little bit

shallower but no deeper so and that's

that's about just for reference that's

about inch half an inch or so because

they're they're large seeds and general

rule of thumb is about three times the

thickness of the seed so wrap up two

seeds per hole

and I think one of the biggest reasons

why people have problems when starting

their rhubarb is because they either

very a too deep or what they do is they

keep it too damned if the soil is too

damp your roots are actually going to

rot and what happens when they when the

roots rot is the fact that the plant

will go into shock and it will actually

stop up taking water they don't like to

be drowned they don't have a snorkel so

they don't like lots of water and I

typically leave mine

leave my soil about damp enough where I

could create a ball out of it here's a

example here I can I can kind of crumple

it together it creates a ball but it

just kind of crumbles apart as well if

it's if it's too dry you won't be able

to create that ball if it's too wet

you're gonna start to see water coming

out that's where you know you have the

optimal moisture and then all we want to

do is we just want to cover the seeds

gently with some more seed starting mix

and we're just gonna cover them up put

them to bed before they sprout give them

a little bit of a tamp down with your

hand not super hard just enough to

compact the soil so they have good

contact with the seeds and that we're

gonna do is we're just gonna water them

and nicely to again settle all that soil

around the seeds and I just wanted to

mention before we close the variety of

rhubarb that we are growing is called

Victoria rhubarb it's a very reliable

perennial variety of rhubarb it does not

go to seed super easily and it's very

drought tolerant so we like to grow this

one here in Michigan but there's a lot

of other varieties use which one you

like and experiment with the varieties

that are out there I just want to thank

you all for tuning in for this episode

hopefully you all enjoyed hopefully you

learn something new let me know in the

comments box below if you arguing

rhubarb I think it's a it's a great

plant it's um it's something that grows

really large and it produces more than

you're ever gonna need in the year so

you could share with your friends from a

single plant we got a bunch of plants

starting here cuz we're gonna give some

away and we're gonna plant about four or

five in the garden so a little bit goes

a long way when it comes to seed so

hopefully you enjoyed hopefully y'all

are growing

going home I'll talk to you later see ya