One of the things that I learned in the class was that most all plants flower. Whether you can actually see the flower or not, its gotta reproduce in some way or another, the flower being the easiest and most common way. Throughout my years of gardening, I've noticed that some plants flower and some don't either because the plant is no longer useful once it flowers so we pick it beforehand, or it just doesn't. The ones that never flowered puzzled me at times, but I never really thought about it.
Some of the ones that I never let flower are onion, carrot, and cabbage. I do know what those flowers look like though. But if I asked you what a rhubarb flower looks like, would you be able to say? I would've had no idea until last week.
|It's pretty magnificent.|
We immediately did some research and found that plants around 3 years old flower and it must be cut off quickly if you don't want it affecting yield. Since we're moving and won't be harvesting any this year, we've left it alone so we can see what happens. It's cool. I hope I can dissect the flowers (a bad habit formed from many hours spent in botany lab,) and maybe figure out what a rhubarb seed looks like. Maybe I'll even plant one to see what happens, though I've read that plants directly from seed are often inferior.
|They're kinda pretty. I wonder if they'll open up?|