Description of Timperley Early Rhubarb Plants:
Timperley Early rhubarb is the best rhubarb for "forcing" to get an early crop of really tender shoots. In fact, it crops so early that you can cut it unforced in late February to Early March. It isn't as heavy a cropping rhubarb as Stockbridge Arrow or The Sutton, so we recommend another variety with it; Timperley for the early crop and another variety for more bulk later in the season. They need seperate beds however as you will begin forcing Timperley Early sooner than the other varieties.
Growing Timperley Early:
Timperley Early must also be planted early - before Christmas as a crown (a fleshy piece of the centre of a rhubarb plant that will make root and develop into a full size plant over the following 2-3 years). As with all rhubarb, deep, rich soil with good drainage is important. Rhubarb roots grow deep so good preparation pays dividends - dig in plenty of well rotted manure and/or compost before planting. If rhubarb crowns get too damp in winter, they will rot and die, so if there is any doubt over drainage mound the rhubarb bed so the crowns are above ground level. Never cover them with mulch.
The ideal soil for rhubarb is neutral to slightly acidic; it will tolerate quite acidic soil, but yields will be smaller. Chalk or limestone soils are less suitable and need more improvement.
Spacing: About 1 metre apart.
Read more about growing rhubarb here.
History & Parentage of Timperley Early:
This is an old variety.
Rhubarb (a relative of Sorrel) has been grown for food in Britain since the 1700's. It became very popular during the wars, when nutritious food was scarce.