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Victoria Rhubarb
Victoria Rhubarb
Victoria Rhubarb
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Rheum rhabarbarum

[Cultivation Information] [Toxicity Information]

'Victoria' is an old standard crop variety of rhubarb.  It has proven to be one of the largest and most productive varieties.  The stalks are a deep crimson red with a touch of green on the inside. The hint of a wine flavor makes it a good variety to use for pies and cobblers.  First recorded in 1837 in England.

Rhubarb is a garden anchor commonly found around old farm houses.  It is long-lived and typically grown by dividing mature plant crowns.  Starting from seed is not difficult but you will need to plant at least twenty seeds to cull out ones that do not exhibit the desired traits for the variety.  For the average family, three plants will be enough.

Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 60 seeds.

Cultivation:  Plant ¼-inch deep, indoors, six to eight weeks prior to last frost. After hardening off, transplant into deeply cultivated, well-drained beds into which generous amounts of organic matter and composted manure have been added. Final spacing should be eighteen to twenty four inches.

Rhubarb is a cool season crop that requires temperatures below 40°F to break dormancy and to stimulate good spring growth.  For growth to remain vigorous, summer temperatures should average less than 75°F. This means that the Northern U.S. and Canada are best suited for rhubarb production.

It is best to wait until the second year before harvesting stalks and even then, be conservative. Pull the stalks instead of cutting. Remove flower stalks as soon as you see them.  You will not get full harvests until the third year. Rhubarb plantings will be productive for fifteen years or longer.

Interesting Links:

  1. The Rhubarb Compendium - A single subject web site on, as the title implies, everything to do with Rhubarb.  From cultivation to harvest, preservation and even a recipe database, this is a great site to learn about rhubarb.
  2. "Rhubarb, Texas Style," by Skip Richter, Texas Gardener Magazine, July / August 2003.

General poisoning notes for rhubarb

The plant contains oxalate crystals, which have been reported to cause poisoning when large quantities of raw or cooked leaves are ingested. Anthraquinones (glycosides) have been implicated more recently in the poisoning. The stalks are widely used as preserves and are also eaten raw, without problems. The toxic content is much lower in the stalks. Humans have been poisoned after ingesting the leaves. Human poisoning was a particular problem in World War I, when the leaves were recommended as a food source in Britain. Some animals, including goats and swine, have also been poisoned by ingesting the leaves. Children should be taught to eat only the rhubarb stalks, preferably under supervision (Robb 1919; Cooper and Johnson 1984).


Cooper, M. R., Johnson, A. W. 1984. Poisonous plants in Britain and their effects on animals and man. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, England. 305 pp.

Robb, H. F. 1919. Death from rhubarb leaves due to oxalic acid poisoning. J. Am. Med. Assoc., 73: 627-628.

Customer Reviews Average Rating review
So far so good
I planted several in a flat so that I could cull out as recommended in the description. Turns out I wasn't really sure what to cull, so I just picked three and planted. They reached about 20 inches high with several plate sized leaves after taking off when the temperature lowered in the fall. Expecting them to do great this year.

Victory Seed Notes: Culling is all about deciding which plants you want to live with and nurture, and in the case of rhubarb, possibly for as long as you live. I actually have plants here on the farm that are probably older than me (and that is old). The first culling is always anything that looks sickly, weak, or "off" from the rest of the population of seedlings. Then, later, as the plants are larger and their characteristic traits are displayed, you can further thin to those plants that meet your needs. With this variety of rhubarb, that typically means looking for the most vigorous plants, with the best red tinting. That said, one of my favorites that I have has very little red to it . . . but the stalks and leaves are so huge that I kept it. Hope that this helps. ~Mike
Reviewed by: Kyle Haines from CT. on 2/3/2016
Easy Grow!!!
We purchased your Victory Rhubarb seeds to start our own bed. Great germination! It's now August & plants are almost knee high & very strong. Thank Victory Seeds for being there and providing a great honest service!! Lexie & Bill
Reviewed by: William Siegfried from NW New Jersey USA. on 8/15/2015