Sorrel Growing Guide

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Crop Rotation Group



Any sunny site with good drainage.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

When established, this hardy perennial can tolerate winter temperatures to -29C (-20F).


Mix a light application of a balanced organic fertiliser into the soil prior to planting. Each spring, mulch around the plant with rich compost.


Single Plants: 30cm (11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 30cm (11") with 30cm (11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow in spring. Established plants can be dug and moved anytime as long as soil is kept packed around the roots. Start seeds indoors in individual containers, set out purchased plants, or direct-sow into warm soil. Space plants 30cm (12 in) apart in all directions. Few gardeners need more than a few of these productive plants.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Pinch off blossom spikes to keep plants from reseeding in the garden, and to increase productivity. Young leaves that grow in cool weather have the mildest flavor.


Gather individual leaves as needed in the kitchen.


For top productivity, replace plants every few years.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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