Sorrel is a cool-season perennial often grown as an annual. Sorrel can be grown from seed sown in the garden as early as 2 to 3 weeks before the average last frost date in spring. Sorrel will be ready for harvest 60 days after sowing.
Plant sorrel in full sun. Sorrel grows best in well-worked, well-drained soil rich in organic material. Add aged compost to planting beds before planting. Sorrel prefers a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.8.
Sorrels are very hardy. Sow sorrel in the garden as early as 2 to 3 weeks before the average date of last frost in spring. In zones 5 and warmer, sorrel will grow as a perennial. Divide plants to renew them every 3 to 4 years.
Sow sorrel seed ½ inch deep and 2 to 3 inches apart. Thin successful seedlings from 12 to 18 inches apart when plants are 6 to 8 weeks old. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Divide established sorrel in spring. Choose male plants ( without flowers ) for divisions to avoid reseeding.
Sorrel should be kept evenly moist. Add aged compost to planting beds before planting and again at mid season.
You can easily grow Sorrel in a container. Sorrel grows well in a 6-inch pot. In larger containers, plant sorrel on 8-inch centers.
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