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Sorrel (Rumex spp.)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Easily mistaken for its weedy relative, Dock, garden sorrel and milder french sorrel are used to add tartness to sauces, stews and salads. Younger leaves and those picked earlier in the season less strongly flavoured.

Very large quantities are potentially harmful due to oxalic acid,the same chemical that makes rhubarb leaves poisonous.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyok
pH5.0 - 7.0
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnok
Before plantingok
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadeok
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Sow outdoors

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 23cm
Between rows: 45cm

Sow seed 6mm deep in drill and think to final spacing when large enough to handle. Garden sorrel, which is much larger than french sorrel, will require more space.


harvest harvest

Harvest leaves on a cut and come again basis as soon as they are 10-15cm long. Remove flower stalks as soon as they appear. Divide older clumps in spring or autumn.


harvest harvest

From the second year after sowing or after division, harvesting can begin as early as March.


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