Rhubarb - lift and move into more sun?

edited 22 May 2017 at 1:46PM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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edited 22 May 2017 at 1:46PM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
2 garden ?s tonight and all help welcomed :-)

I asked about division and replanting on this forum a few years back.

All went well - 7 new clumps have produced lovely rhubarb, planted out in bare ground between a walnut tree and a eucalyptus, tall north-facing wooden fence behind. Since last year notably, both trees, which I started from nuts about 10 years back, have gone mad.

I've had to remove a lower branch or two from the walnut, suddenly 14' tall. The gum tree has soared past 20'. Trunk girths are about 15'' and 20'' respectively. A now departed neighbour dispatched a big, old, massy forsythia adjacent to these 2-3 years ago and I attribute much of the growth to this removal of a rival.

Reading that rhubarb wants full sun, which it no longer has under my trees' foliage, should I risk another move? If so, when? Stalk are in recovery mode atm, after my 6wks away May-July. Everything suffered, my raspberries especially, but theyre recovering well now, new 10-12' arcing stems, heavily fruited.

Waitrose coffee grounds have been applied liberally partout.
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  • TheGardenerTheGardener Forumite
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    Rhubarb generally prefers partial, but not deep shade. Best lifted/divided/replanted in late autumn/early winter when its dormant. I was taught to leave a crown on the surface to freeze before re-planting but I don't know if this works as I've never really tried it out. However, a period of frost is necessary for rhubarb to regenerate well I believe.
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    In that case, I'll leave it where it is and keep on with the tlc catch-up.

    Many thanks TG.
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    Any help on my other ? on honeysuckle?
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