Rhubarb is a perennial that is normally grown in the ground. It is possible to plant rhubarb in a large container. The long pink rhubarb stalks are edible and can be used in making deserts and wine. Simply cut the stalks from the plant with a sharp knife and remove the leaves, which are not edible.

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You can grow rhubarb in a container.

Step 1

Find a deep, large container. You need a container that is at least 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Make sure the container has drainage holes at the bottom.

Step 2

Place pot shards over the drainage holes, and then add a potting soil mix that drains well. You can buy potting soil or mix your own by combining equal amounts of soil, compost and perlite.

Step 3

Center the rhubarb crown in the pot. Cover the rhubarb with more potting soil so that the crown of the plant is 1 inch below the soil surface. Tamp the soil with your hands to remove air pockets.

Step 4

Set the container in a sunny location. Rhubarb grows well in full sun, but it can have some partial shade.

Step 5

Water the rhubarb plant thoroughly. Keep the planting container moist, but not soggy wet.

Step 6

Protect the rhubarb during the winter months. Move the container into an unheated garage or shed. You can leave the pot outside, if covered with 2 to 3 inches of compost, leaves or hay. This will protect the plant and keep the winds from drying out the roots. Water the rhubarb container once a month if you are keeping it in a shed or garage.

Step 7

Place the container outside when spring comes. Water the rhubarb plant and keep the soil moist until winter.

Step 8

Feed your rhubarb plant with 10-10-10 fertilizer as new plant growth is just starting.

Step 9

Harvest no more than 2 rhubarb stalks from each plant, for the first year. In the following year, you can harvest a third of the stalks.