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rhubarb

Q:  Can we grow rhubarb here in Northeast Florida?

A:  Rhubarb can be grown here but it is somewhat difficult to do so successfully.  Rhubarb prefers summer temperatures to not exceed 75 degrees and winters temperatures to be below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. As you know, many of our spring days are well over 75 degrees and although we may often dip below 40 degrees in the winter, we have been known to have temperatures in the 70s. Our traditionally warm winters encourage the tops to continue growing rather form the stalk. There are ways to artificially force the stalks to grow properly and the attached publication should help it you decide to try growing rhubarb.   http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mv124