Heirloom, OP, The creator of this famous heirloom rhubarb was Joseph Myatt of Manor Farm in Deptford, England, a plant breeder who also created a slew of good strawberries, potatoes, peas, and more. Myatt’s ‘Victoria’ rhubarb was introduced in 1837 in honour of Queen Victoria
This is one of the easiest rhubarbs to grow and it will produce a good crop of greenish coloured, juicy stalks that are not very stringy and have a delicious, sweet flavour. Green varieties are often the choice of commercial growers as they usually tend to be more productive than the pink types. This one is ideal for well-drained areas of the vegetable garden, and once planted it should not be moved.
Sow in late winter to spring or late summer to autumn
The seeds are encased in a rather large paper-like shell. Soak the seeds in water for a few hours before planting. Plant the seeds in a peaty mixture or into peat pots to make transplanting them easier and then put them in a sunny window. Rhubarb seeds germinate quickly. Position: Good garden drainage is essential in growing rhubarb, planting in raised beds helps ensure against rotting of the crowns. Crowns will have the longevity of many years, but because of diseases and insects, it is normal to reset a bed after four to five years Planting out: For spring-sown seedlings, transplant outside when the plants are about 3 to 4in tall. For autumn sown seedlings, plant them outside in early April, as the weather turns warmer. Use a mixture of 50% compost and 50% garden soil. Protect the seedlings from the bright sun. Be careful to not overwater it as rhubarb can get root rot if the ground is too wet.
Space 1 m (36in) apart.