I am just getting around to catching up on DG stuff.
I have just loosened the rhubarb bed for the first time this year.
I am going to watch the leaves for aphids or signs of disease.
The new leaves look just perfect, but they are not very old yet.
spring 2014 update-
I am convinced that I do have aphids- I have ants, I see tiny things that might be aphids, I have damaged leaves on the plums on that side of the garden.
I am using "Safer" insecticial soap and I will also get some Neem, I also watching the plants for signs of fungus.
harvesting the rhubarb stalks more often seems to help, though I could be wrong about that.
HeatherY wrote:Yes, or perhaps it is opening up spaces for light and air to slow easy spread of bugs and or disease, as a knock on effect. whichever, the question is now whether or not I pulled too much.
If you manage to kill an established rhubarb simply by removing a few leaves, you will really have accomplished something!
Every healthy garden has some undesirable bugs in it if you look hard enough. I can't think of any reason to worry about rhubarb.