Sorrel (or Dock) - Common

Sorrel / Dock is usually grown as a perennial herb or as a salad leaf. It is know for its slightly citrus taste. Leaves add a lovely lemony bite to salads and sauces.

How To Grow

Sorrel is generally grown from seed. This can either be in the green house or directly outside. But the ground does need to be fairly warm for germination to occur (above 10C or 50F). It grows best in climates with some summer heat but where the climate is generally mild. In hotter climates it prefers partial shade. Established plants can survive moderate frosts.

How/When To Harvesting

The younger leaves are the tenderest and tastiest, and are a great addition to salads. These can be harvested individually until the plant is established (i.e. don't take too many leaves from on plant). Plants should be cut back before their winter dormancy, after which they will come up again and are one of the first to provide spring salad leaves.

Planting Schedules for Location: Leesburg, Virginia

Sow Direct

Sow Direct

Sow Indoors / Plant Out

Sow Indoors
Plant Out
  • Sow Depth: 1 cm
  • Spacing Between Rows: 30 cm
  • Spacing Along Row: 20 cm
  • Number plants per Square Foot: 3