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.
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? No
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.
Bloom season: Summer
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: Bees
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? Yes
Chilling hour’s requirements: Temperature less than 10C for few weeks