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#1 Wed 23 Mar 11 11:39am

Grandmadamada

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let me ask my silly question of the day

about rhubarb oops
I forced it covering it with clay pots this year and it is sprouting wonderfully.Till now I have been discovering it during the day and covering it again at night ......... how long does this need to go on  help  help  lol I have not any taller pots now

and what happens if it frreezes at night,sometimes we have had very cold days at the right at the beginning of May. This forcing has made it weaker I do not know how to behave with it

wave from a disoriented gardener big_smile

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#2 Wed 23 Mar 11 12:01pm

cengland

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

Since I have no idea, I don't think these are silly questions, Grand_Mada ...  wink

But I can't help you, sorry, because I have no idea ...  big_smile

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#3 Wed 23 Mar 11 12:11pm

mommyof2nc

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

I don't know about forcing it but you can just use an old bed sheet to cover it at night, since it's getting too big for your pots. 

Good luck!

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#4 Wed 23 Mar 11 12:19pm

Kye

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

mada and her rhubarbe wink  wink  lol

here mada, i found some lecture for you: http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/growing

Have a good day big_smile

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#5 Wed 23 Mar 11 12:21pm

BritFinn

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

It's never a silly question if you don't know the answer!
big_smile

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#6 Wed 23 Mar 11 12:26pm

Kye

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

and even when you know the answer you can still ask....just to make sure that others know it too big_smile

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#7 Wed 23 Mar 11 12:36pm

BritFinn

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

lol  lol

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#8 Wed 23 Mar 11 12:39pm

Kye

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

and then its easy to show off when they don't whistle

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#9 Wed 23 Mar 11 12:54pm

Grandmadamada

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

lol  lol thanks for sweet comprehensive wise support all of you thank you kye I'll read that after lunch
btw you seem to be the queen of cornetti these days thumbsup

Last edited by Grand_Ma (Wed 23 Mar 11 12:55pm)

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#10 Wed 23 Mar 11 12:57pm

ACDC

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Re: let me ask my silly question of the day

I haven't read Kye's link yet. But my Dad always had rhubarb. I'll be talking to him later today I'll ask for you Mada. I do remember that he would alternate which stools were forced, never using the same one as last year, I believe he let a stool rest for a full year if it had been forced,    So if you have three stools, you would have one in use over current summer, one which had been forced that spring and was resting and the last one would be resting from the previous years forcing.  He used straw or loose layers of newspaper to cover the forced pot at night if frost was forecast. He knocked a  bottom from a large terracotta type pot for tall stems and would cover it with a straw basket held up from the plant with sticks from the garden. 
Hope this helps. It's from memory as I said. I'll check later this evening when we have a chat.

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