The rhubarb stalks are ‘pulled’ from close to the base of the plant with a gentle twist. If this proves difficult then you can also cut the stalks away. Pull two to three stalks at a time, choosing the thickest. Harvesting should begin once the leaves are fully open.
The Rhubarb Timperley Early has a long harvesting period – from February right through to October, compared to the majority of rhubarb varieties which have a harvesting period of May to August.
Never eat the leaves as they’re poisonous, containing oxalic acid. It’s best to leave the crowns to grow for a full growing season before the first harvest. In the early spring, remove flowers when they appear, as blooming and seeding will slow down the growth of the stalks with energy diverted into growing seeds.
Fertilizing in the early spring will also increase your rhubarb harvest significantly.