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A guide to choosing the right size

Blackmoor Nursery is one of very few Nurseries in the UK offering gardeners the opportunity to buy Rhubarb crowns direct from our Nursery. 

Establishing the Rhubarb Bed. A new rhubarb bed is best raised from divisions planted out in November, although it can be set out as late as March. Old crowns should be split, using a spade, into wedge shaped pieces with two or three buds on the outer edge, the inner part can usually be pared away with a knife (although old crowns are often hollow). Many growers, especially older ones, say that you should always leave the crowns on the surface to expose them to a hard frost before splitting them. Rhubarb is not fussy as to soil but should be planted in slightly raised beds if the soil is very heavy. It does however need an open site, as it will not tolerate shade. Prepare the soil carefully by digging to two spits (spade depths), the roots go deep, and work in plenty of farmyard manure or compost as you go.

All orders are despatched in one delivery. If your order contains both bare root and container grown plants then we can only despatch when all plants are ready.

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In choosing a site remember that the leaves are heavy and reach at least 2 feet (60 cm) all round the crown. Set the divisions 21/2-3 ft (75-90 cm) apart with the buds at or just below the surface. It is strongly recommended that you do not gather any sticks in the first year of a new rhubarb bed. The first good crop will come in the second or third year following planting.

Prior to planting eliminate all perennial weeds. If the soil is acid mix in lime, add organic matter such as compost or manure to light sandy soils. On heavier soils, which are poorly drained, planting on raised beds is beneficial. The incorporation of sand is also helpful. Before planting dig in a handful of fertiliser such as ‘Growmore’ also a light sprinkling of Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts) to each planting position.

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Collection - If you would like to collect your trees then use this option. Note the collection is from the Wholesale Nursery office between Monday-Friday only. Please allow 1 working days for your order to be processed prior to collection date.

We are not a Garden Centre or retail Nursery. Orders can be placed via our website and the collection option can be selected at the checkout. Your order will then be ready for you to collect during our normal opening hours which are Monday-Friday 07.30-16.30. Our plants are grown in fields that can be 2 miles away from our office so it is not possible to just turn up and select your own trees.

Delivery Charges - The delivery charge is worked out from the weight and the size of the plant. We have several rates that apply to UK mainland addresses. The lower postal rates range from £2.80 - £5.70, will be applied to smaller orders of the lighter plants like currants, raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, asparagus and strawberries although larger orders will go into the £10.00 rate. A higher rate of £18.00 - £32.00 will be charged for deliveries to European Countries and GY KW IV AB PH KW HS ZE IM BT DD JE PO30 PO31 PO32 PO33 PO34 PO35 PO36 PO37 PO38 PO39 PO40 PO41 Postcodes. Once you have put together your order the delivery charge will show before payment. All orders are despatched in one delivery.

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Champagne

Rhubarb Crowns | Genus Rheum x hybridum | Champagne Rhubarb Crowns For Sale | Buy Online

Rhubarb Champagne- This old variety is particularly reliable and easy to grow. Good flavour from early April to late August. Champagne is an early variety that is ideal for forcing. Crowns grow in any soil type. Produces long, slender, pink-tinged stalks.  

Rhubarb Champagne: Plant crowns at a 1 metre spacing.

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2 Dec 17 | Colin McHardy

Received 2 "Taylor" Champagnecrowns in polythene type bag packaging. Generally good plump viable undamaged crowns - slight plastic bag moulding which is to be expected but that is not Blackmoor's fault. Perhaps harshly, I have knocked off 1 star because of it, Will no doubt flourish over the years.

23 Nov 17 | Lynda

A pre packed "Taylors" crown received. Am fairly confident it will be successful as I've never had a problem with any of their products !

5 Nov 17 | John Whittaker

Arrived promptly and well packaged. Now planted in freshly prepared bed so fingers crossed for a good result. Never been disappointed with Blackmoor products or service.

31 Mar 17 | C.Gale

Purchased 2 Rhubarb crowns 2016. Arrived well packaged/ healthy looking. 1 Grew very well first summer; already growing well again. The other didn't do anything.

7 Oct 16 | Gillian Badham

Very pleased with my order which arrived in excellent condition and very promptly. Thank you

15 Feb 16 | Amanda

I have just received my recent order of one Rhubarb Champagne crown and I am really pleased. The crown is very healthy and already in growth (it's Feb). Well packaged with full instructions. Thank you Blackmoor for excellent service.

9 Mar 15 | J Monds

Rhubarb crowns look healthy and arrived very quickly.

2 Oct 13 | Nick Roberts

This is the first time I have had this variety, it settled in very well and put on a lot of growth early on. It slowed down in August but I think this was down to the very hot weather. Lots more growth in September and even now some lovely new stems.Im afraid it was too much temptation and have had a few for stewing.... Lovely flavour.A1

4 Jan 13 | Alan

Very healthy crowns I look forward to the crumbles soon

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Rhubarb Champagne Growing Tips. 

Establishing the Rhubarb Bed: A new rhubarb bed is best raised from divisions planted out in November, although it can be set out as late as March. Old crowns should be split, using a spade, into wedge shaped pieces with two or three buds on the outer edge, the inner part can usually be pared away with a knife (although old crowns are often hollow). Many growers, especially older ones, say that you should always leave the crowns on the surface to expose them to a hard frost before splitting them. 

Please note: Do not pre-soak the bare root crowns prior to planting as they are liable to rot. 

Rhubarb is not fussy as to soil but should be planted in slightly raised beds if the soil is very heavy. It does however need an open site, as it will not tolerate shade. Prepare the soil carefully by digging to two spits (spade depths), the roots go deep, and work in plenty of farmyard manure or compost as you go. In choosing a site remember that the leaves are heavy and reach at least 2 feet (60 cm) all round the crown. Set the divisions 21/2-3 ft (75-90 cm) apart with the buds at or just below the surface. 

It is strongly recommended that you should not gather any sticks in the first year of a new rhubarb bed. The first good crop will come in the second or third year following planting. 

Growing Rhubarb: Once you have established your plants the first basic principle of Rhubarb growing is that plants should be kept dry in winter and moist in summer. A covering of leaves applied in October and removed in February will help in winter and a mulch of compost, leaf mould or farmyard manure applied in April will keep moisture in the soil during the summer. Always make sure, however, that the soil is thoroughly moist before applying this summer mulch. If in doubt, always water well in dry seasons. 

The second basic principle is to remember that Rhubarb is essentially a leaf crop (no leaves, no stems) and that leaf crops need nitrogen. If you use farmyard manure for your summer mulch additional nitrogen will probably not be needed but a light dressing of nitrogenous fertiliser in March is recommended. 

An established bed needs little attention beyond feeding and watering. You must, however, remove flower spikes as they appear and clear away dead leaves throughout summer and autumn. The heavy foliage smothers most weeds. The only serious diseases are viruses, which make the plant yellow and weak - these are incurable and affected plants should be destroyed. Slugs can be a problem - they seldom make serious attacks on the Rhubarb itself, but use the Rhubarb bed as a home from which to decimate other crops. 

A well-planted Rhubarb bed will yield a satisfactory crop for ten or twelve years until the crowns get too many small buds. They should then be lifted, divided and replanted - leaving some crowns untouched to ensure continuity of supply. Forcing Rhubarb: Rhubarb can be forced by lifting crowns in November and potting them up to be grown in the cellar, beneath the greenhouse staging or more simply by putting a bucket over the crowns in January. Generally speaking Rhubarb is best harvested for a period of four months from the time you take the first sticks. Three months if you have forced crowns.

This guide is for general information purposes only as site and soil conditions and requirements vary greatly.