Growing Sorrel Herb Seed

  • Days to Maturity: Perennial
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Planting Depth: 1/2"
  • Plant Spacing: 12-15”
  • Growth Habit: Upright
  • Soil Preference: Rich, moist and well-drained
  • Temp Preference: Cool
  • Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
  • Color: long green leaves with white flowers
  • Flavor: Tart and citrus

Sowing and Growing

Sow sorrel seeds indoors in early spring. Germination takes about 2 weeks. Transplant in mid to late spring. Space plants 12-15” apart and water generously. This herb grows best in full sun, but a partially shaded environment helps it deal with the heat. Although sorrel looks a bit weedy, cut back flower stalks to promote new growth. Sorrel does well in a container 6-12” deep and is ideal to grow as a cool season annual, as young leaves have the best flavor.


Harvest young sorrel leaves from established plants and use fresh for the best flavor. The tangy citrus flavor fades as older leaves become bitter, so harvest often to keep new growth coming. As sorrel is popular for its use in soup, it is also great with fish and vegetables. With its strong yet agreeable flavor, sorrel makes a great secret ingredient to add more flavor to salads.

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