Rhubarb may be planted in either fall or spring, using either plants raised from the seed, or sets obtained by divisions of the old roots, taking care to have a bud to each. Set at distances of three or four feet apart each way. The place where each plant is to be set, should be dug eighteen inches deep and the same in width, and the soil mixed with two or three shovelfuls of well-rotted stable manure. Two dozen strong plants will be enough for the wants of an average family. If desired in winter or early spring, a few roots can be taken up and placed in a warm cellar or any such dark and warm place. The roots, if the cellar is dark, may be put in a box with earth around them, or if in a light cellar, they may be - put in the bottom of a barrel with earth, and the top covered. The only care needed is to see that the roots do not get too dry, and to water if necessary, when it will grow with but little care The useful portions is the long and thick leaf-stalks, and these when forced are much finer in flavor than when grown exposed to air and light in the open garden. The plants in the open ground should have the flower-stalks cut away as they appear.
Fig. 92,- -rhubarr.
In gathering do not cut the leaf-stalks, as they will readily come away by a side-wise pull, and leave no remnant to decay. The varieties are Matt's Victoria and Linnaeus.