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New red rhubarb launched

Poulton's Red rhubarb. Picture; DT Brown
Poulton's Red rhubarb. Picture; DT Brown

Harvest for up to 10 months of the year

A new, bright red rhubarb is now on sale which can be harvested for up to 10 months of the year.

Poulton’s Red is the latest in day neutral breeding (it crops over a long period) and is available from DT Brown.

It stood out in trials as the sweetest rhubarb, had exceptional vigour, deep green leaves and stunning bright red, stringless stems – the strongest red they’ve ever seen.

Breeding programme

DT Brown was the first to introduce Livingstone, the original autumn cropping variety several years ago and recently launched Poulton’s Pride, which also crops for up to 10 months of the year.

Poulton's Red rhubarb. Picture; DT Brown
Poulton’s Red rhubarb stems. Picture; DT Brown

General manager Tim Jeffries said: “I was tremendously excited to see such deep red stems in the trials, because with rhubarb, generally the redder the stem, the sweeter the taste and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

“The flavour of Poulton’s Red is the sweetest I’ve ever tasted with less of the characteristic rhubarb sharpness, which means little or no sugar needs to be added during the cooking process.”

Start harvesting in February

Like Poulton’s Pride, the dormancy has been naturally bred out so customers can enjoy harvesting Poulton’s Red from February (if forced) and continue through to November.

They are available to buy now, a 9cm potted plant costs £7.95 or three plants for £15.90, saving £7.95. Plants will be delivered from mid-May.

To order plants or to request a copy of the Fruit and Vegetables Grower’s Seed and Plant Catalogue 2019, write to DT Brown, Bury Road, Newmarket, CB8 7PQ, telephone 0845 371 05 32, or go online www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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