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Rumex Acetosa or Garden Sorrel is a perennial herb.

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Rumex Acetosa which is also known as Common sorrel or garden sorrel or simply sorrel is a perennial herb.

Overview of Rumex Acetosa

• This plant is cultivated as a garden herb or leaf vegetable.
• It is a pot herb.
• The other common names for this plant are: spinach dock and narrow-leaved dock.
• Sorrel is a slender plant.
• This can grow up to 60 cm high.
• It has its roots running deep into the ground.
• It has juicy stems.
• The leaves are edible and oblong.
• The lower leaves are 7 to 15 cm in length.
• They are slightly arrow-shaped at the base.
• The leaves are eaten by the larvae of several species of Lepidoptera like the blood-vein moth.
• It has whorled spikes of reddish-green flowers.
• They bloom in summer.
• The leaves may be pureed in soups and sauces.
• They are also added to salads.
• The flavor is same as kiwifruit or sour wild strawberries.

Growing and Caring conditions for Rumex Acetosa

• Weed the planting area to eliminate other plants.
• The sorrel needs soil nutrients and space is curbed by the weeds around.
• Apply a couple inches of compost on top of the planting area.
• The soil richness and drainage is improved by the application of compost.
• Sorrel needs rich soil with good drainage.
• Add compost to improve soil drainage and nutrient levels.
• Till the planting area with a tiller or garden fork.
• Mix the compost into the soil and aerate the ground.
• Plant the sorrel seeds about 1/2 inch deep.
• Plant it in April or May after the last frost.
• Space the plant in rows of sorrel 15 to 18 inches apart.
• Water the seeds often.
• This is enough to keep them consistently moist.
• It should not be overly soggy until they sprout.
• Water the plants less frequently especially after they sprout.
• Water to about 1 inch of water per week.
• Cut off the plant’s flowers during summer.
• This is to encourage the plant to continue growing new leaves.
• Gardeners who want to start sorrel as early as possible can start sorrel seeds indoors in pots.
• This is to be started at about three weeks before the last frost of spring.
• Growers should transplant the seedlings outdoors.
• Plant outdoors after the threat of frost passes
• gardeners can also plant a second crop in the fall in warmer climates.
• New plants will not survive cool fall and winter temperatures in colder areas.
• Pluck individual sorrel leaves as needed for cooking.
• The plants should keeps growing new leaves until the first frost of the winter or fall kills the leaves.

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