Plant Care Common Sorrel

Common Sorrel

About Common Sorrel

Common Sorrel is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Common Sorrel likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Common Sorrel belongs to the Rumex genus, and is native to Northern Temperate regions.


Rumex acetosa

Also known as

Sorrel, Garden sorrel, Spinach dock and Narrow-leaved dock

How to care for Common Sorrel


How often to water your Common Sorrel

Water needs for Common Sorrel
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Sorrel needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Common Sorrel

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Common Sorrel in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Sorrel: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Sorrel love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Common Sorrel does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Common Sorrel in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Common Sorrel

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Sorrel: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Sorrel after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Common Sorrel is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Common Sorrel

Common Sorrel

Common Sorrel

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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