How to plant and cultivate sorrel?

How to plant and cultivate sorrel?

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Characteristics of sorrel

  • Type: vegetable plant
  • Height: from 0 to 30 cm
  • Flower colors: Red Green
  • Desired exposure: sunny, semi-shaded
  • Vegetation: perennial
  • Foliage: persistent
  • Type of soil: normal, clay
  • Interview: easy to maintain
  • sanitizer: no
  • variety: Common sorrel, Broad sorrel of Belleville, Spinach sorrel or perpetual sorrel, Virgin sorrel, Small sorrel…

Origins and peculiarities of sorrel

Thesorrel (Rumex) is a vegetable plant which belongs to the family of Polygonaceae and which is very present in North Asia, in North America as well as in Europe. The common sorrel is cultivated for its long leaves which are edible, very rich in vitamin C, and which are often used for the preparation of soups and other recipes.

Sorrel includes more than 200 different species. The plant grows on the ground and has rounded leaves 15 cm long, quite similar to those of spinach; the flowers growing on the plant are rather small and green-red in color.

From sorrel varieties the best known are the Belleville blonde, the Alpine sorrel, the Nonay green or even the sorrel.

Uses of sorrel

The sorrel leaves, which resemble those of spinach, can be used raw in salads for their tangy taste. Steamed, they can be used as a basic ingredient in a sauce, mash or soup.
Sorrel also has astringent, healing, digestive and diuretic properties. It is especially very effective in the event of a sting of nettle: rub the sensitized places with leaves of sorrel, the tingling will calm down in two times three movements!

To note: the sorrel leaves being very acidic, remember to cook them in a stainless steel pan!

Planting sorrel

This leafy vegetable should be sown during spring in rows spaced about thirty centimeters. The sorrel needs a semi-shaded exposure to flourish: indeed, too much sun can harm its leaves.
In terms of location, sorrel has a preference for neutral and acidic, rather heavy soils; on the other hand, she does not like limestone soils at all.

The plant generally reaches a height of 20 cm. It can be placed next to any type of plant, but will appreciate being planted in a vegetable garden near asparagus, watercress, spinach, peas, salads and tomatoes.

Sorrel can be planted in the ground in a garden (vegetable patch, bedding) as well as in a pot or planter to be placed on a terrace or a window sill.

Harvest of sorrel

The sorrel harvest takes place from October and extends until spring. The leaves should be harvested as they reach maturity. Once picked, it is best to consume them fairly quickly.

To note: the sorrel harvest will be more interesting from the second year of cultivation.

Care of sorrel

Good news: sorrel culture is all that is simple; just keep the soil cool by hoeing, weeding, mulching and watering if the soil dries up.

In dry weather, care should also be taken to water the plant sufficiently.

Enemies and diseases of sorrel

The main enemies of sorrel in a garden are slugs and snails. To protect it, you can spread ash around the plant or put a little beer in a container to attract the slugs that are fond of it.

The sorrel fly can also lay its larvae on the leaves and dig holes in them. Remove the affected leaves before burning them.