Rumex Acetosella is a species of sorrel which is also known as Acetosella vulgaris Fourr. The other common names are:
– Sheep’s sorrel
– Red sorrel
– Sour weed
– Field sorrel
• The plant and its subspecies are common perennial weeds.
• It has green arrowhead-shaped leaves.
• It has red-tinted deeply ridged stems.
• It sprouts from an aggressive rhizome.
• The flowers emerge from a tall and upright stem.
• Female flowers are maroon in color.
• R. acetosella is a perennial herb.
• It has an upright stem which is slender and reddish in color.
• It can grow up to a height of 18 inches (0.5 meters).
• The leaves are arrow-shaped and simple.
• This is 1 inch (3 cm) in length.
• The plant flowers from March to November.
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.