Most Common Rhubarb Pests & Diseases

You have problems with rhubarb pests or diseases in your garden or on your balcony?

Make sure to find easy tips on how to get rid of rhubarb plant diseases and pests in this article!

Rhubarb Pests

PestHow to control it
Slugs and snailsSlugs and snails often try to feed on rhubarb plants. Fortunately, there are many easy ways how to control snails and slugs in your garden.
AphidsAphids are also quite common on rhubarb. Hence, make sure to also get tips and tricks on how to get rid of aphids.
Curculio beetlesCurculio beetles are also sometimes present when growing rhubarb. You can get rid of those beetles using insecticidal soap or pesticides.
Flea beetlesYou can get rid of flea beetles using diatomite or pesticides from the garden center.
Stem borersStem borers may also try feeding on rhubarb. You can deter stem borers using diatomite, neem oil or insecticidal soap.
CaterpillarsCaterpillars also frequently try to feed on rhubarb plants. Hence, also make sure to inform yourself on how to control caterpillars in your garden.
LoopersLoopers may also be present when growing rhubarb. Fortunately, there are also easy ways how to get rid of loopers.

Rhubarb Diseases

DiseaseHow to control it
MoldMold is quite common on rhubarb plants if you don’t care for them properly. Hence, make sure to get some information on how to get rid of plant mold.
Crown rotCrown rot may also become a problem on rhubarb plants. If you spot crown rot, you should slow down your watering schedule to mitigate the problem.
RustRust may also be another issue you have to deal with when growing rhubarb. Fortunately, there are simple but yet effective ways how to get rid of plant rust.
Damping-offDamping-off also occurs if rhubarb seedlings don’t get optimal germination conditions. Hence, make sure to improve lighting and soil conditions as best as possible to prevent damping off of your plants.
Leaf spotBacterial leaf spot may also become a problem when growing rhubarb. Thus, also inform yourself on how to get rid of leaf spot on your garden plants.
BotrytisBotrytis is a fungal disease. Consequently, you can get rid of it using fungicides from the garden center.
AnthracnoseAnthracnose may also become an issue when growing rhubarb. You can control Anthracnose using fungicides from the garden center.
Root rotRoot rot often occurs if you water your plants too often. Thus, slow down your watering schedule to control root rot in a simple manner.

Rhubarb Pests & Diseases – Summary List

PestsDiseases
AphidsRust
Flea beetlesMold
Curculio beetlesLeaf spot
Snails & slugsBotrytis
Stem borersRoot rot
LoopersAnthracnose
CaterpillarsDamping-off
Leaf rot

How to deal with Rhubarb Pests & Diseases?

As you can see, getting rid of rhubarb pests and plant diseases is not difficult at all.

You should also have a look at my rhubarb grower’s guide and my growing rhubarb FAQ section if you want to learn more about growing rhubarb in general.

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb

Own experience.

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