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Rheum x hybridum 'Livingstone' (Rhubarb 'Livingstone')

Beginner
skill rating
3 hours care
per year
0.6m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Rheum x hybridum 'Livingstone'

Other names

Rhubarb 'Livingstone'

Genus

Rheum Rheum

Variety or Cultivar

'Livingstone' _ 'Livingstone' is a vigorous, upright perennial with large, glossy, wrinkled, mid- to bright green leaves and long, edible, reddish-pink stems harvested from late spring into autumn.


Rheum x hybridum 'Livingstone' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Irregular

Toxicity

Rhubarb leaves contain poisonous substances. Dispose of them on the compost heap.

Flower

Cream in Summer; Cream in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Crown rot , Honey fungus Crown rot , Honey fungus

General care

Pruning

Remove any flowering shoots that appear. Do not harvest the first year after planting. Harvest stalks in April (hold the stalk close to the ground and twist) Leave at least 4 stalks at any given time. Cut back dead leaves in autumn.

Propagation

Divide every 4-5 years.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Rheum x hybridum 'Livingstone' (Rhubarb 'Livingstone') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 1.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks, Add to salads

Cultivation

Plant dormant crows from autumn to spring in fertile soil sun. Dig in well-rotted manure before planting. Plant crown tip so it is just visible above the soil. Water regularly in dry spells. No summer dormancy so can be harvested in spring & autumn.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Rheum x hybridum 'Livingstone'

Other names

Rhubarb 'Livingstone'

Genus

Rheum Rheum

Variety or Cultivar

'Livingstone' _ 'Livingstone' is a vigorous, upright perennial with large, glossy, wrinkled, mid- to bright green leaves and long, edible, reddish-pink stems harvested from late spring into autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Irregular

Toxicity

Rhubarb leaves contain poisonous substances. Dispose of them on the compost heap.


Colour

Flower

Cream in Summer; Cream in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Crown rot , Honey fungus

General care

Pruning

Remove any flowering shoots that appear. Do not harvest the first year after planting. Harvest stalks in April (hold the stalk close to the ground and twist) Leave at least 4 stalks at any given time. Cut back dead leaves in autumn.

Propagation

Divide every 4-5 years.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Rheum x hybridum 'Livingstone' (Rhubarb 'Livingstone') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 1.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks, Add to salads

Cultivation

Plant dormant crows from autumn to spring in fertile soil sun. Dig in well-rotted manure before planting. Plant crown tip so it is just visible above the soil. Water regularly in dry spells. No summer dormancy so can be harvested in spring & autumn.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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