Plant Care Chinese rhubarb

Chinese rhubarb

Also known as

Chinese rhubarb, ornamental rhubarb, Turkey rhubarb and East Indian rhubarb


Rheum palmatum

How to care for Chinese rhubarb


How often to water your Chinese rhubarb

Water needs for Chinese rhubarb
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese rhubarb needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese rhubarb

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Chinese rhubarb in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese rhubarb: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese rhubarb love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinese rhubarb does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese rhubarb in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Chinese rhubarb

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese rhubarb: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese rhubarb after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Chinese rhubarb is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinese rhubarb

Chinese rhubarb

Chinese rhubarb

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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