Victoria Rhubarb


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Victoria Rhubarb is a timeless variety that is well-known for its thick stems, vibrant red-to-pink skin, and delightful strong tart flavor with a touch of citrus. Its hearty stalks are a favorite for creating tasty pies, cobblers, and preserves. As a perennial, this plant can be harvested for decades, with the stalks reaching heights of 24 - 36 inches.

Also Known As: Garden Rhubarb, Edible Rhubarb, Rhubarb Pie Plant, Pieplant, Rheum, Chinese Rhubarb, Da Huang, Garden Dock, Fruit Rhubarb.
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Plant Name:
Rhubarb, Victoria
Latin Name:
Rheum rhabarbarum
Days to Germinate: 14-21
Days to Harvest: 2 Years
Germination Rate: 85%
Test Date: 8/23
Growth Habit: Upright
USDA Zones: 3-8
Lifespan: Perennial
Brand: TomorrowSeeds
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Heirloom, Open-Pollinated
Fungicide-Treated Seeds*: No
Seeds Packed For**: 2024

*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.

Planting Instructions:


Soil Preparation:

To prepare soil, remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Leave small weeds and dead grass, they will enrich the soil when turned under. Spade the soil 8-12 inches deep and turn each shovel of soil over completely to cover the plant materials with soil. You may add fertilizer or 2-3 inches of organic material such as compost, leaves, or rotted hay over the planting area at this point. Till to mix this organic material into the top 8-10 inches of soil. Make rows of soil beds 4-6 inches high and at least 2 feet apart. This formation of ridges will help with drainage. Grows best in moist soil rich in organic matter.



Plant 1-2 inches deep in late Fall or early Spring after a killing frost. Rhubarb seeds can be directly sown in the garden anytime between late Fall and early-Spring. If sowing after Spring, cold stratification may be needed for seeds to break dormancy and initiate germination. If sowing after Spring, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 30 days before direct sowing.

Planting Depth: 1-2 inches
Within-Row Spacing:
2 feet
Between-Row Spacing:
4 feet

Care During the Season:

Watering: Water the plants enough to keep from wilting, about every 5-7 days.
Weeding: Keep plants as weed-free as possible. When plowing or hoeing try to prevent cutting the feeder rooters which may slow the plant's growth.

Fertilizing: You may add a complete fertilizer for each 100 square feet of garden area. Work into the soil and leave the surface smooth. For small gardens, use 1/8 cup per 4 plants.

Insecticides: Insecticides may be used to protect plants, though rhubarb is relatively free of insect and disease problems. Bt-based insecticides and sulfur are organic options that can be used for prevention. Sulfur also has fungicidal properties and helps in controlling many diseases. Before using a pesticide, read the label and always follow cautions, warnings and directions.

Diseases: Check the plants daily and if spots or mold appear, treat the plant with an approved fungicide. Neem oil, sulfur, and other fungicides may be used. Please always follow label directions.


Stalks may be harvested for 1 or 2 weeks during the second year and for 8 to 10 weeks (a full harvest season) during the third and subsequent years. Harvest stalks only, do not eat the rhubarb leaves. Select firm, crisp stalks when they are 8 to 15 inches long. To harvest, twist off the leaf stalk at the soil line and cut off the leaf. Do not harvest more than a third of the stalks in any year to keep the plant going strong.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 26
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0.1 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 5 mg 0%
Potassium 351 mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2%
Dietary fiber 2.2 g 8%
Sugar 1.3 g
Protein 1.1 g 2%
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 16%
Calcium 10% Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 3%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.