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Growing Rhubarb/Gooseberries in Spain

Old Jan 30th 2011, 1:06 pm
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I am wanting to start to grow some fruit in part of my garden.
Can any one tell me if it is possible to grow Rhubarb and Gooseberries in Spain.
If so, is it easy or difficult

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Originally Posted by polly.walker
I am wanting to start to grow some fruit in part of my garden.
Can any one tell me if it is possible to grow Rhubarb and Gooseberries in Spain.
If so, is it easy or difficult

Regards
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Depends on where in Spain you are, in the north should be simple for both, in the south I supect more difficult with the lack of water..
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Thank you.

I live in Benissa in the Alicante region by the coast.
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We live a bit further south and inland from you. Last September we planted a half dozen gooseberries along our fenceline. Hoping that if they take it will help be a deterrent for people cutting holes in the fence!

Anyway they were on the irrigation system until November getting water every two days. We won't know if they have survived until we go out again in March and to be honest we will only know for sure this time next year, after they have had a proper summer on them.

We even had a pine tree we planted two years ago die this winter, seems we may have provided it with too much water! so planting anything really is an adventure in horticulture.
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hiya,
my daughter brought me a rhubarb root over from UK and so far its doing OK in a large pot.
i've had it for about 3 years now and this year im going to move it to an old bath to give it a chance to get bigger.
im not so sure it would survive in the garden, but good luck anyway.
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Thanks to all.

Angie , I will certainly try the rhubarb in container rather than in the garden What type of compost did you use
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just ordinary compost, nothing special, the cheapest!! ha ha, but i did mix some earth in with it as compost on its own would dry out too quickly in the summer temperatures, and i soaked it every evening. oh and kept it in the shade of a big tree.
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I have nurtured the indiginous plants in my garden, just trimmed & shaped them. Anyway, they are so deep rooted & hardy that they survive anything, even strimming back to roots, they just grow back.

So no watering or feeding, just a monthly hair cut.

Chap who owned it before me planted pine trees & with no water they have dug in so deep they are doing v well. My other trees have self seeded & bred.

Total spend in 8 years on my 1600m plot = 0!
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Tried rhubarb, but no luck, ditto with jostaberries, blueberries and redcurrants. Passionflowers did fine, but are too aggressive and too easily frost damaged.

Strawberries seem good, but raspberries not worth it. Loganberries and blackberries very good.
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Thanks to everyone.

My fruit garden is going to expand this year with Rhubarb, Loganberries, Blackberries and Strawberries.

Any further fruity suggestions welcome Edible that is

Thanks again

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Default Re: Growing Rhubarb/Gooseberries in Spain

Originally Posted by Bri and Katee
We live a bit further south and inland from you. Last September we planted a half dozen gooseberries along our fenceline. Hoping that if they take it will help be a deterrent for people cutting holes in the fence!

Anyway they were on the irrigation system until November getting water every two days. We won't know if they have survived until we go out again in March and to be honest we will only know for sure this time next year, after they have had a proper summer on them.

We even had a pine tree we planted two years ago die this winter, seems we may have provided it with too much water!
so planting anything really is an adventure in horticulture.

Never a truer phrase posted when it comes to gardening in Spain!
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is there anywhere u can buy rhubarb seeds? or like canned or frozen? I am in the Valencia region. I do not have a green thumb whatsoever so I am not much for trying to grow it myself.
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is there anywhere u can buy rhubarb seeds? or like canned or frozen? I am in the Valencia region. I do not have a green thumb whatsoever so I am not much for trying to grow it myself.
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Not canned or frozen, no, I thing you'd find the seeds would be killed. It's possible that you can buy seeds, but I'd suggest that you buy a root. That way you know what you are getting. I've never seen rhubarb sold as seeds, but I have seen it sold as roots.
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You can get seeds.

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/fruit...erpetual/831TM

The climate in Spain is really not right for growing it though as it doesn't like temperatures much over 30c.

I did try the seeds but they didn't make it through the summer. You might have a better chance with an established crown but again, it won't like the temperatures.
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You can get seeds.

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/fruit...erpetual/831TM

The climate in Spain is really not right for growing it though as it doesn't like temperatures much over 30c.

I did try the seeds but they didn't make it through the summer. You might have a better chance with an established crown but again, it won't like the temperatures.
That was my experience here to a T.
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