Rhubarb grows as a weed in Wisconsin and with little effort. In Kansas, growing rhubarb has been an annual challenge which usually ends up with me losing. I have grown flats from seed to end up with one plant that languishes in our hot humid summers. This year, the planets have aligned and I have been able to make a real purist pie from my own rhubarb.
How did this come to pass? First of all, we've enjoyed an absolutely perfect spring. Rhubarb loves this weather. Secondly, several of my plants from last year made it through the winter and produced plenty for my pie.