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Rhubarb 'Timperley Early' 3 Litre pot

Timperley Early stands out as among the first Rhubarb cultivars ready for harvest, often as early as February. It is prized for its ability to produce tender shoots at an early stage, making it an excellent choice for forcing. The stems exhibit a succulent appearance, starting with a red base that transitions to a pink hue, eventually fading into light green with scattered red freckles. Its taste is characterized by a delightful sweetness, offering a delicious culinary experience. While the leaves boast an appealing atrovirens coloration, they contain a notable level of oxalic acid, rendering them mildly toxic. Despite this, Timperley Early is known for its ease of cultivation, thriving well in outdoor environments.  

Key Features:

  • Common name(s): Rhubarb
  • Hardiness: Hardy – H5 rating
  • Bloom Hue: The small flowers leafy greenish-white to rose-red
  • In Bloom: Spring
  • Eventual Height & Spread: 0.45m x 1m
  • Position: In full sun, light shade
  • Foliage: Deciduous, this perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
  • Habit: fast growing, unfussy, vigorous tree
  • Family: Buckwheats
  • Fragrance: A combination of green apple and red berries
  • Soil type: grows best with fertile, moist but free-draining soil. Avoid ground that gets waterlogged, as plants are liable to rot

Rhubarb, scientifically referred to as Rheum, demonstrates a hardiness marked by an H5 rating, indicative of its ability to endure various environmental conditions. Its small flowers exhibit leafy greenish-white to rose-red hues, adding a delicate charm to the spring landscape. With an eventual height and spread of 0.45m x 1m, this perennial thrives when placed in full sun or light shade. Its deciduous foliage undergoes an annual cycle, dying back to below ground level each autumn and re-emerging with fresh growth in the following spring. Characterized by its fast-growing and unfussy habit, Rhubarb belongs to the Buckwheats family and emits a fragrance reminiscent of a blend of green apple and red berries. Flourishing in fertile, moist yet free-draining soil, it's important to avoid waterlogged ground to prevent rot, ensuring optimal growth and development of the plant.

The plant arrives planted in a 3 litre pot

The plant's growth rate and size will vary depending on planting position & conditions, and bloom, foliage and interest may vary from photo upon delivery, dependant on season.

Delivery Note: Please note that unfortunately we are currently unable to deliver plants to Northern Ireland.


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Do you deliver to Northern Ireland?

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Delivery addresses in the following areas may require additional delivery charge. If additional delivery charge is required we will contact you immediately. The following areas which may require additional shipping charge can be found below:

Channel Islands
Northern Ireland
Scottish Highlands
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Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
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