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Rumex acetosa
HERB-SORREL-LARGE LEAF has a tangy lemon-like flavour. The bright green, oblong leaves & greenish yellow to red flowers of this sorrel variety grow atop long, narrow stems with a habit similar to spinach. Sorrel is easy to grow in cool months, it tends to spread & has a long history as a herb & is used fresh & raw in Asian cuisine, lending its strong flavour in small amounts. In parts of Africa, it is added with spinach to meat stew. In western recipes, it is more often cooked as a green in soup or in cream sauce with fish or chicken, or as a wrap to tenderized meat or fish. Harvest side leaves on small plants & full leaf cutting above the crown on mature plants. High in vitamin C. Easy to grow in pots.

Matures in 60 – 80 days. Direct sow after last frost. May be divided after the second year. Avoid planting in a vegetable garden, Sorrel is a strong seeder and competitiveness will allow it to spread. Part shade with moist well-drained soil.

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How to Grow Large Leaf Sorrel

To grow Sorrel-Large Leaf, follow these steps:

  1. Choose a location with well-drained soil and partial to full sun exposure.
  2. Sow the seeds about 0.635mm (1/4 inch) deep, spacing them about 6 inches apart.
  3. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
  4. Thin the seedlings to about 12 inches apart when they reach 15.24cm (2-3 inches) tall.
  5. Apply a balanced fertiliser every 4-6 weeks to promote healthy growth.
  6. Harvest the leaves as needed, starting when they reach about 6 inches tall. Cut the outer leaves first, leaving the inner leaves to continue growing.
  7. Cut the entire plant back to the ground in late fall to encourage new growth the following spring.

Note: Sorrel-Large Leaf is a perennial plant and can spread readily, so be sure to plant it in an area where it won’t become invasive.

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

30 - 60

Season of Interest

Spring / Summer / Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

10 - 25

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Part Shade / Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Direct sow / Raise seedlings in tray indors for early planting


Well-draining soil rich in organic matter


5.5 - 7

Soil Temperature (°C)

10 - 25

Seed Preparation

No special preparation required

Sowing Depth (mm)


Plant Spacing (cm)

20 - 30

Row spacing (cm)

30 - 45


Regular to keep soil moist, not waterlogged

Germination Time (Days)

14-21 days

Harvest Time (Days)

60-90 days

Good Companion Plants

Beans, Carrots, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Radishes, Spinach, Tomatoes

Bad Companion Plants

Brassicas (cabbage, brccoli, etc.), Onions, Garlic



Anthracnose, Downy mildew, Powdery mildew, Rust, Leaf spot, Crown rot, Verticillium wilt

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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