Sorrel Red Veined

Sorrel is one of the earliest green crops easy to grow. A hardy perennial, cut-and-come-again pot herb that can withstand freezing winter temperatures and once established should provide greens for several years. The attractive leaves of Red veined Sorrel can be harvested young and tender for adding to salads and sandwiches, while the tangy, lemony more mature leaves can be cooked like spinach or used in stir fries. Sorrel is especially delicious with fish, eggs, potatoes and gratins. Red stems and veins, dazzling green leaves, sharp tangy flavour. Attractive enough to grow in beds or borders or even a large pot if there isn't room enough in your herb or vegetable plot.

How to Grow Sorrel from Seed

There are three types of Sorrel suitable for kitchen gardens. Broad-Leaf Sorrel, also known as Common or Garden Sorrel, with large arrow-shaped leaves. The young, tender leaves have a reddish tinge and are very flavoursome, larger leaves are better cooked like spinach. French Sorrel has much smaller leaves that don't grow large enough to become tough and has a milder, distinctly lemony flavour. Red Veined Sorrel is the most attractive Sorrel.

Sorrel prefers a sunny position but doesn’t like to be hot and dry, so avoid full sun positions in very hot, arid areas.

Sorrel seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in spring once the temperature warms a little or in the autumn for over-wintering.

Sow the seeds into small pots or seed trays. Germination times are variable but in general should be expected with 3 to 21 days. Allow the seedlings to grow up to 4 inches tall before transplanting into individual 3 inch pots and grow on in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are ready for to be transplanted into the vegetable garden.  Ideally Sorrel should be planted out in the late spring, spaced 30cm (1ft) apart and planted to the same depth as in their original containers. Water well until established.

Like spinach, when Sorrel starts to form flowering shoots the leaves become tougher and have less flavour, so cut off flowering stems as soon as they appear. To guarantee a constant supply of young leaves, lightly harvest the plants on a regular basis throughout the main growing season.

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£2.15

Item Code: 0205C

Variety: Red Sorrel

Type: Hardy Perennial

Packet Contains: 250 Seeds

Sow: February - May

Germination: Up to 21 days

Harvest: February - November

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