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Rhubarb Timperley Early


Rheum x hybridum Timperley Early

Probably the best early variety

As the name suggests this is about the earliest variety on the market and ideal for forcing the stems in the dark. The long pinkish red stalks are streaked with green and sweet and juicy.


Grow in a sunny or lightly shaded spot, if space is limited use in a border alongside perennials or shrubs.


Rhubarb may be started into growth early in the season by forcing the stems. They are extremely hardy plants and need a cold winter to do well. They enjoy a fertile but well-drained soil and do not like to be waterlogged. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Remove any flower spikes as they appear.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 60 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 60 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Caution toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Flower border and beds

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting May - July
Cropping May - July

Typically available

From March to September