How to plant sorrel

Rumex acetosa

Sorrel or sorrel, also known as herb-vinegar or simply vinegar, is a perennial plant that can reach up to 1 m in height when it blooms. Its acid-flavored leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. However, they should not be consumed in excessive amounts as it contains a high concentration of oxalic acid. Although they are less used, the roots and inflorescences can be eaten cooked, and the seeds can be eaten raw, cooked or can be used to make flour.


Sorrel grows best in cold or mild weather, but can be grown in regions where the temperature normally does not exceed 30 ° C.


It can be grown in direct sunlight or in partial shade with good light. In warmer regions it may be better to grow it in a cooler place with partial shade.


Cultivate preferably in well-drained, fertile soil and rich in organic matter. It is a very tolerant plant in terms of soil pH, but a pH between 5.5 and 6.8 is recommended.


Irrigate to keep the soil moist, but not soaked.


In temperate regions, planting is normally done in the spring. In subtropical or tropical regions with mild winter, planting can be done in autumn or early winter.

The seeds are usually sown in the final location, at about 1 cm in depth. However, sorrel often does not flower outside temperate regions. Thus in these regions the propagation method normally used is that of dividing well-developed plants. Each piece obtained from the division of a plant must contain roots and at least one bud or propagule.

The spacing between the plants can be 30 to 45 cm in regions of temperate climate, where the plant blooms and generally grows more, and from 20 to 30 cm in other regions.


Remove invasive plants that are competing for resources and nutrients, especially in the first months of cultivation.

Plants are dioecious, that is, they produce either male flowers or female flowers. Thus, for the production of seeds, the presence of plants of both genera is necessary.

Renew the plantation every three or four years, dividing the plants to form new seedlings.


Leaf harvesting can start 60 days after planting. Younger leaves are less acidic than older leaves.

Sorrel or sorrel is a perennial plant in regions of suitable climate, and can produce for several years. In regions where the winter is very harsh, cultivation can be done annually from seeds. In regions where the winter is relatively cold, the aerial part of the plant dies, sprouting in the spring.

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