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Sheep’s sorrel is a native perennial, which looks a little like Common sorrel but is smaller (to 20cm) and more slender and the lobes of its arrow shaped leaves spread sideways and not backwards. Our plants belong to the more common and widespread subspecies Rumex acetosella ssp. pyrenaicus.
A plant of dry, well drained and relatively infertile habitats, usually on non-calcareous soils. It is found in habitats including grasslands, heaths, dunes and shingle beaches where the vegetation is short and open either through disturbance such as grazing or environmental conditions like drought. Where foliage can grow higher it is easily dominated and lost.
Sheep's sorrel is an important food plant for the caterpillars of the small copper butterfly.
Pretty Wild Seeds are registered with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) under number 7529, so you can have confidence in both our products and advice. Although our products are listed in weights and acres, we can supply in additional quantities upon enquiry so if you need a larger supply, please don't hesitate to give us a call.
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Sowing; Sorrel must be sown in a cool spot where the sun isn’t too strong, it is a plant that will feel at ease in a partially shaded place. Sorrel can also very well be sown in a pot for a terrace or balcony.
Before sowing sorrel, keep in mind that this plant is very invasive because it propagates very fast. Sorrel is sown right at the end of winter with a cover, or in spring directly in the ground.
Mark the rows at least 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) apart. Sow in seed holes every 10 inches (25 cm) and cover with a thin layer of soil. Keep the soil slightly moist. Thin as they sprout, so as to only keep the most vigorous plants. Remember to keep watering regularly.
Propagating; Dividing the sorrel clump is the simplest and most practiced manner for propagating your sorrel. Propagate your sorrel equally well in spring or in fall. Dig out the sorrel clump, including as much of the surrounding root system as you can.
Divide the clump into two or three parts with a sharp utensil or spade. You can split the clump into as many parts as you wish, as long as at least one leaf remains to be planted. Plant the mini-clumps that bear at least one leaf.
Water regularly. Plan to thus split the clumps of sorrel plants that have been in place for 3-4 years, this will regenerate the plant base which tends to weaken with time.
Growing and Caring; Easy to grow and care for, sorrel can be helped with a few good practices to increase the harvest and extend the lifespan of each clump as long as possible. The first rule is to always keep the sorrel from bolting, or bearing seed. When flowers appear, remove the stalks that bear them, so that the plant diverts all its energy to leaf growth.
Hoe and cultivate often around the sorrel to avoid weeds. Water in case strong of heat wave and/or extended drought. In winter, spread compost or manure to amend the soil for the following year.
In pots, sorrel will be even more vulnerable to lack of water, and will need to be watered on a regular schedule, as soon as the surface soil is dry. Repotting every year is suggested to ensure the plant’s nutrient needs are replenished.