Good & Bad Rhubarb Companion Plants

You want to grow rhubarb at home but are not sure what plants you should grow with your rhubarb?

Then this article is exactly for you since I show you the best and worst rhubarb companion plants in the following chapters.

Why do I need Companion Plants to grow Rhubarb?

While you could also grow your rhubarbs without companion plants, there are still many advantages that you get from planting the right companion plants next to your rhubarb.

Companion plants are great since they can improve the growth behavior of your rhubarb in many different ways.

For instance, good companion plants attract pollinators, loosen the soil, serve as a ground cover, deter pests, provide shade and can also improve the taste of your rhubarbs.

While good companion plants can have many positive effects on your rhubarbs, the opposite is true for bad companion plants since they can do much more harm than good by attracting pests and other unwanted things.

Thus, make sure to check out the following tables to find the best companion plants for your rhubarb growth project.

Prepare the soil!

Good Rhubarb Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it good?
GarlicKeeps away weevils from your rhubarb.
OnionsKeep away leaf beetles.
KaleKeeps away whiteflies and other pests.
BroccoliKeeps away whiteflies and other pests.
CabbageKeeps away whiteflies and other pests.
CauliflowerKeeps away whiteflies and other pests.
StrawberriesGround cover to preserve moisture.
BeansRepel aphids.
TurnipsKeeps away pests.

Bad Rhubarb Companion Plants

Companion PlantWhy is it bad?
DockAttracts bugs.
MelonsTake away sun from your rhubarb.
PumpkinsTake away sun from your rhubarb.
TomatoesAttract pests.
CucumbersTake away nutrients from the soil.

Best & Worst Rhubarb Companion Plants – Summary

Best Companion PlantsWorst Companion Plants
KaleMelons
CauliflowersPumpkins
CabbageDock
OnionsCucumbers
GarlicTomatoes
Strawberries
Turnips
Beans
Broccoli

What should you plant with Rhubarb?

Good companion plants for rhubarb are kale, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, beans, strawberries, onions, garlic and cauliflowers.

You should not plant melons, pumpkins, dock, cucumbers and tomatoes with rhubarb since those plants can do more harm than good to your rhubarb.

If you want to learn more about growing rhubarb in general, make sure to also have a look at my grower’s guide that shows you how to grow rhubarb from seed to harvest.

About the Author

My name is Andreas and I’m really passionate about our environment and also about growing plants. In fact, I have grown several different plants over many years. I love to see my plants grow and also always try new things to improve my overall conditions at home.

In my blog posts, I want to share my experiences with you so that you can become successful in growing various different plants and improving your home as well, even though you might still be a beginner right now.

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