How to grow Sorrel

Sorrel plant grow and care – leaf plant of the genus Rumex also known as Garden Sorrel plant or Common Sorrel plant, Sorrel plant perennial evergreen plant, used mostly for the edible leaves but also used as ornamental plant and can be groundcover, grow in temperate, mediterranean, subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone: 5-10 (as perennial) 2-6 (as annual), and with the right summer care in hardiness zone 11a.

Sorrel plant edible leaves

Leaves green sometime with fibrous veins, the size 5-30cm (2-12 inches), the shape can be elliptic, spear-shape or shapeless.

Flower color pink-red in the shape of bell grow on stems in inflorescence

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How to grow Sorrel plant – growing and care:

Well-drained soil in location with a lot of rain and water, in warmer climate prefer heavy soil if not will suffer or might die in summer, better moist soil, rich soil with organic matter and the plant prefer acid soil 5.5-7 ph.

How to care:
Before harvest at least one month before better to prune old leaves and bloom stems, and also better not to let the plant bloom

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed (explanation bellow) / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but it easy to start by daughter plants and it’s also easy to start by seeds

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive, can be invasive in location with enough rains, the leaves can be fibrous and in hot summer can be bitter

Planting season – when to plant:
Spring in hardiness zone 2-6 spring to summer in hardiness zone 7-9, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10a, all year in hardiness zone 10b but without hot summer in mediterenian climate in hardiness zone 10b better to plant in autumn to early spring and autumn to winter in hardiness zone 11.

How to plant:
Planting in bigger hole than the root ball 100-200%, put organic matter with dead leaves and rich soil and mix it, plant it and cover with mulch to keep moist

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, slugs, snails

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Old leaves and bloom stems

Size of the plant:
20-80 cm, 8-32 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing – fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water, in hot summer days need to increase the amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun – in order to prevent mass blooming better to grow it in 75% of sun / Half shade, in hardiness zone 10b-11 where there is temperature above 40C (104F) in better to grow it in half shade or even more than half shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a pots / planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in pots in size of at least 5-12 liter (1.5-3 gallon), average amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist and the water go out of the pot, when it’s grow as perianal every two years to switch soil in the pot don’t let, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Pink-red flowers in the shape of bell grow on in inflorescence

Thinning the bloom:
Recommend unless there is need for the seeds

Pollination is done by:

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year, in hardiness zone 10b-11 better not in the summer

How to harvest the leaves?
After the plant establish trim next core of the plant

Information about leaves:
Leaves green, the size 7-30 cm, the shape can be elliptic, spear-shape or shapeless, sometime leaves with fibrous veins better to cut the area next to the veins and not to use it

Uses of Sorrel plant leaves:
Cooked, soup, rolled

How to grow Sorrel plant from seed

Sowing requirement:
Better to sow in 12-20C (53-68F) and possible indoor

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Cool and dry location

Sowing season:
Spring after the last frost as annual 2-6, spring to summer in hardiness zone 5-9, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10a, autumn to spring in hardiness zone 10b, and autumn to winter in hardiness zone 11.

Planting spacing:
4*5 cm, (1.4*2 inches) when transplant it to bigger pots in the 10 leaves

Depth of Sowing:
0.5cm (0.25 inch)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water (do not overwater)

Germination time:
2-8 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Lightly moist soil with medium humidity

Do the seeds require burying?

Chilling hour’s requirements:
Temperature less than 10C for few weeks

Scientific name:

Rumex acetosa

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Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Cooked
  • Stuffed or Wrapped
Flower colors
  • Pink flower
  • Red flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Evergreen
  • Herbaceous
  • Leaf plant
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 2
  • Hardiness zone 3
  • Hardiness zone 4
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9