Rhubarb should be grown in an area with a cool climate where the temperature stays below 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. This allows the plant to return from dormancy as winter ends.
Rhubarb plants thrive in full sunlight. They should be grown in fertile soil that has sufficient drainage. Adding compost, manure and other organic matter enhances the soil. The planting area should be free of perennial weeds. Rhubarb plants require a significant amount of moisture during the summer, so they must be watered during periods of drought. Because rhubarb returns each spring, it should be planted on the outer edges of a garden to prevent it from interfering with other plants.