Rhubarb grown in the dark, have you tried it? See instructions

Did you come across upside down buckets, gossip or pots in your neighbor’s garden plot? Below you may find a delicious treasure, rhubarb grown in the dark.

Utilization, or growing in light-free conditions, is a gimmick that makes the stems of an early crop reddish or white and more tender and sweet. Inedible leaves will be smaller than usual.

“For more than a hundred years ago, rhubarb rhizomes have been stored in the basement in Finland. I understand that a similar reaction is taking place in the open air, ”says Marttaliitto’s garden expert Tiina Ikonen says.

Exploiting in the open is a familiar method of gardening power in Britain, the influences of which have spread to enthusiastic garden enthusiasts through social media and garden magazines in Finland as well. However, the educational community has not yet reached a larger audience, the Marttaliitto is estimated.

“I know that in Finland, too, some people use a hood or a bucket in the open, but no one has ever asked for advice during my career of more than 30 years.”

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The rhubarb hood is a familiar breeding tool in Britain that also suitable for decoration

In Britain, rhubarb growing in the dark typically takes place under a covered, sugar-like terracotta pot. It’s called a rhubarb blanket.

Keeping the pea bush garden blog Johanna Rintanen ordered its first 60-70 cent high hood from England in 2014, as there was little equipment available in Finland. The idea came to light in British garden magazines as early as the early 2000s.

He thought the hood would be a beautiful decorative item for the English-French potager of the elementary school, completed in 1902, even after the harvest.

“The terracotta is breathable and belongs to the aesthetics of English gardens. I haven’t tried the bucket because I think it looks ugly, ”says Johanna.

The experience has been positive. Utilized rhubarb yields half as fast as grown in the sky. An experienced garden enthusiast will take up the harvest when the rhubarb has grown so much that the stems pull the lid and peek under it.

“It can be seen from afar. The hood himself announces that now is the harvest, come pick it up. ”

According to Johanna, the best hood is heavy, preferably 40 kg, so that the stems that grow by force do not fall and break it.

Rhubarb grown in the dark does not produce as much oxalic acid as the traditional method. The shells of the stems are so thin that they do not need to be peeled.

“The milder taste is suitable even for fresh juice,” Johanna suggests.


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