Sorrel is mainly classified into 2 species known as the Garden Sorrel (Rumex Acetosa) and the French Sorrel (Rumex Scutatus). Out of these 2 species, the garden sorrel is the most popular one and is grown by many gardeners.
Other sub-species of sorrel include Rumex Ambiguus, Rumex Arifolius, Rumex Hibernicus, Rumex Hirtulus, and Rumex Vinealis. Sorrel has been classified into these other subspecies but most of them are rarely cultivated.
The main aim of growing sorrel is to obtain its arrow-shaped leaves which are often used as a herb in soups, curries, and salads for the addition of its lemon tart flavor. On an average, the plant of sorrel grows to nearly 60 cms in height and around 2 ft. in width. By nature, sorrel is classified under dioecious plants.
SORREL GROWING TIPS
Sorrels are perennial plants however many gardeners end up growing sorrel as annuals because an old plant of sorrel is considered to lose its flavor.
Moreover, most gardeners want to start a new batch of sorrels each spring which results in growing them as annuals. Anyhow, as long as you are growing sorrels you must be aware of its in’s and out’s for achieving the maximum output with the least input.
- Unlike many other plants, sorrels are capable of tackling less sunlight and can grow in partial shade. However, sunlight is important for growing sorrels and the more sunlight it will receive the better results you will get.
- Optimum soil pH level for growing sorrels lies more on the acidic side. Ideally, you need a pH level of 5.5-6.8 for growing sorrels.
- Many plants are grown directly from the seeds or from cuttings. The good thing about growing sorrel is that there are many ways by which you can grow it. Sorrel can be grown directly from the seeds or from the cuttings. It can also be grown with the help of root division or transplantation.
- Sorrel is a cold season plant but is not completely frost proof. Thus, it is quite crucial to protect it from frost by using some sort of covering over the plant or growing it at indoor locations. Well grown sorrel plants can withstand a mild frost but will get ruined if it goes higher than the mild version.
- High organic matter consistency in the soil is a must for growing sorrel. As described earlier, sorrel is mainly grown for its leaves and by maintaining a soil rich in organic matter will boom up the output.
- Regular maintenance and care are essential for the growth of this plant. Maintaining the moisture of the plant close to the optimum level will ensure a healthy growth of this plant. For obtaining a good moisture level mulching is recommended.
- The best part about growing sorrels is that there is a nearly negligible risk of the pest problem which saves a lot of work for gardeners. Aphids have been observed as a pest problem for sorrels on rare occasions but treating them is fairly easy. Most of the times cleaning the plant with clean water will result in their complete eradication.