I've grown rhubarb in a medium sized container since 2010.
It started from bare-root stock and has provided me with enough stalks each year to make several pies and crisps.
I knew my plant was becoming pot bound due to visible splits in the plastic container, and the reduced production in larger stalks.
I researched online and watched YouTube videos about how to divide and replant rhubarb.
|The root mass removed from the pot.|
It was so pot bound it took me a long time and lots of digging to loosen it from the container.
You can see what a tight mass the roots had formed.
|Using a serrated knife to cut the roots.|
|Large roots sliced through.|
I worried that the "wounded" roots might die or become diseased, but that didn't happen.
I used a larger pot and placed both sections in with plenty of spreading room in between.
|The two halves get a larger pot.|
I used fresh potting mix to fill in the empty spaces between and around the the roots.
To protect my plants from the coming winter's freezing temperatures, I covered the top of the pot with crumpled newspaper, cardboard and an inch of soil.
|Removing the winter covering.|
When spring arrived, I removed the covering to expose the budding shoots.
I'm happy to report that both sides have not only survived, but are thriving.
I can hardly wait for my first crop to make a strawberry, apple, and rhubarb crisp. -- Margy