Terri J
Terri J
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Asked on Feb 23, 2012

I was in the shed today, and found my rhubarb had started sprouting. One pot has green short sprouts, the other long

Terri JDouglas Hunt360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
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yellow sprouts. I know the yellow means their dieing. Should I just cut them off, or let them go in hooes that the sun can save them or bring me more sprouts?
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  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Feb 23, 2012

    are they bare root or in pots right now? does it look like the roots are dried out?

  • Terri J
    on Feb 23, 2012

    they are in pots right now. I was going to put them into the ground this weekend. I can't actually see the roots right now, because they ave about 3 feet of soil on top of them. I think they are still moist though, as moisture was able to get into the shed this year - from winds bolowing rain, etc. I won't know for sure until I transplant, so what is your advice either way?

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Feb 23, 2012

    Cut back the lanky one and plant them both this weekend. How many shoots do they have compared to how big you remember the roots being? Can you tug it out of the pot and take a look at the roots to see how they look?

  • Terri J
    on Feb 23, 2012

    I am getting great advice from Four Season Nursery & Lanscaping, buy I can't do as they suggested. I have to wait until the weekend to take the plants out of the pots.

  • Terri J
    on Feb 23, 2012

    Waiting for the weekend to follow their directions.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 24, 2012

    Rhubarb is pretty hard to kill. I am curious why you have it in pots, though.

  • Terri J
    on Feb 24, 2012

    Only because I couldn't find it until later in the season, and underneath my grass is lovely red clay. Last summer was so dry, that I couldn't dig holes to put it in the ground. I am an othopedic nightmare! From my knees to my neck, to many surgeries....Why we are on this topic, what would you suggest for soil in the ground? When ever I plant, I usually do a mixture of planting soils, regular soil, miracle grow and coffee grounds. It's just like a little bit of everything...

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 24, 2012

    Terri, I always suggest starting with a soil test. It is better to know what you have before you start amending. Penn State runs the program in Pennsylvania: http://www.aasl.psu.edu/SSFT.HTM

  • Terri J
    on Feb 24, 2012

    Doug, I ended up calling Penn State today, and they told me a few things would be ok to plant b/c of what I wanted to plant (flowers, etc). However, I will be sending them a soil sample before I do bigger landscape projects. Thanks for telling me about them. They are at the main campus, which is why I never heard of them.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Feb 25, 2012

    Extension services are a great resource, Terri. Glad to put you in touch.

  • Terri J
    on Apr 5, 2012

    I found the trick to growing plants in York - Don't let me near them - lol!

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