11 Amazing Facts About Rhubarbs

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Rhubarb is a genus of perennial herbaceous plants of the Buckwheat family. These are very large herbs with powerful, woody, branched rhizomes. Aerial stems are annual, thick, straight, hollow, and sometimes slightly furrowed. How much do you know about Rhubarb?

  1. The stem ends with a large paniculate inflorescence. The peduncle is long – up to 2 m.
  2. The flowers are small, mostly white or greenish, rarely pink or blood-red, forming a paniculate or spike-shaped inflorescence. They are bisexual or, due to underdevelopment, are unisexual.
  3. The fruit is a triangular narrow or wide-winged nut.
  4. The plant is absolutely not demanding on illumination and can grow even in conditions of strong shading. But it gives an early and large harvest in well-lit areas.
  5. Rhubarb is a cold and frost-resistant plant that can withstand temperatures as low as -30 ° C. He is not at all afraid of spring frosts.
  6. Propagated by seeds; in culture – by dividing an adult plant so that each part of the root has a bud; the second method produces larger leaves rather.
  7. Rhubarb seeds germinate at a temperature of 2-3 ° C, and a moderate temperature of 18-20 ° C is comfortable for it.
  8. The homeland of garden rhubarb is Central China, where it has been cultivated since time immemorial: in herbalists, it is described in 27 centuries BC.
  9. Widely distributed in Asia from Siberia to the Himalayan mountains and Israel, grown in Europe.
  10. Only the stem of the rhubarb is edible, the root and leaves are considered poisonous.
  11. Peeled and cut rhubarb stalks are an excellent substitute for apples when making charlotte.
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