Generations of gardeners have loved rhubarb for its ease of growth and flavorful, tart stalks that bake up beautifully in cobblers, pies and preserves. A long-lived perennial vegetable, rhubarb is a fairly trouble-free plant. Pests and deer tend to leave it alone. Rhubarb grows best in a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily and in well-drained soil. Gardeners often plant it in the vegetable garden, in flower gardens or along a sun-filled fence or building. Rhubarb crowns can be planted in the spring or fall. During the first year after planting, avoid harvesting the plant. This allows it to establish its roots. A light harvest can be taken the second year, and a regular harvest can be taken the third year.