Patience dock

A sorrel with a light taste of spinach.
Common name : Patience dock
Scientific name : Rumex patientia
Family : Polygonaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Perennial
The patience dock is a species of low sorrel - 30 cm - with broad and tender leaves. It can be consumed raw or cooked, provided you do not eat too much because it contains oxalic acid which is harmful to the body. Rumex - sorrel - is a genus of dicotyledonous herbaceous plants of the family Polygonaceae, which also includes buckwheat and rhubarb. It grows wild in Europe and northern Asia, as well as in North America.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 6a
Height 20 - 30
pH 6 - 6.7

Identify my patience dock

Rumex - sorrel - is a genus of dicotyledonous herbaceous plants of the family Polygonaceae. Its leaves are up to 15 cm long and rounded, light green in color: they resemble those of spinach. The very recognizable fruit is an achene with three membranous wings; the fruits are grouped in clusters.

Sow my patience dock

The sorrel appreciates heavy soils and clay soils, neutral to acids, very humiferous, and hardly tolerates the calcareous soils. It can easily be grown in pot on the edge of a window at home, but also in open soil, in ornemental or in vegetable garden. Find him a semi-shade spot. Sow in nursery from March to June, or in the garden after the last frosts. Cover the seeds with about 1 cm of potting soil. Water the seedlings frequently to keep the soil moist.

Dibble my patience dock

For sowing done in open soil, transplant the plants every 20 cm when 3 or 4 leaves appear. Repot the seedlings under shelter in individual buckets, again at the appearance of 3 or 4 leaves. You will set up in the ground once all risk of frost are away.

Associate my patience dock

In the vegetable garden, place it in the company of asparagus, watercress, carrots, spinach, strawberries, beans, peas, radishes, lettuces, tomatoes but also rhubarb.

Plant my patience dock

For plants purchased in pots, plant sorrel in the spring or fall, knowing that in regions with mild climate, planting can be done all year round except during frost.

Water my patience dock

Water the seedlings regularly, and keep and eye on them if the weather is dry. In pot, water once or twice a week in warm weather, once every 2 weeks the rest of the year. A quick note when watering : sorrel is more bitter if it is grown in moist soil!

Mulch my patience dock

Mulch the base during the weeks following the final planting, to keep the substrate moist. In areas with a cold climate and even if the plant is hardy, plan a mulching for the winter.

Repot my patience dock

Repot annually, ideally at the end of autumn for sorrel grown in pots, changing a good part of the substrate.

Propagate my patience dock

Divide the tufts in the spring, every 3 or 4 years.

Reap my patience dock

Harvest as and when needed by focusing on the leaves that are most developed. You can harvest about 3 months after sowing, but know that the harvest will always be more productive from the second year of cultivation. Consume fresh - it's better! - or freeze eventually.

Check on my patience dock

The sorrel is robust but is prone to attack by slugs, aphids and sorrel maggot. Slugs love to devour young leaves, leaving a bright trail as they pass over the plant. The usual methods work partially: ashes, eggshells - but slugs love sorrel! Aphids suck the sap of plant leaves which become sticky, curl and deform. Eliminate the aphids by hand or with a jet of water, or spray the plant with water mixed with black soap. Favor also in the garden the presence of their direct predators: ladybugs! By providing them a living space, letting the grass grow higher for example. The sorrel fly deposits larvae on the leaves. These dig galleries that kill the leaves. Burn the affected leaves, and do not compost them.

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