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Sorrel is an unpretentious, perennial plant that tolerates cold well and is resistant to small subzero temperatures.
Sorrel contains a large amount of vitamins. It grows earlier in the spring, and the first crop can be harvested in early May.
Due to its taste, sorrel has found its use in cooking. It is used for preparations for the winter, for preparing first and second courses.
Is it possible to move the plant in spring and other times of the year?
Sorrel tolerates transplanting well.
When transplanting, you must:
- Prepare a new landing site.
- Choose a young plant.
- Dig up the sorrel by the root. If the root is very long, carefully trim it, sprinkle the cut with an activated charcoal tablet crushed into powder.
- Dig in the plant and water it.
It is best to replant in spring - in April, as well as in autumn... After transplanting the plant, you must continue to look after: water and feed. Over time, the sorrel will adapt to the environment and, in the future, will not need special care.
Is it possible in the garden or in the pot?
Sorrel is an unpretentious plant, so it can be grown both on the windowsill of the house and in the country garden.
A flower pot on a windowsill is perfect in winter.... The transplanted plant will feel comfortable in the shade or partial shade. As you know, the autumn-winter period is accompanied by cloudy days. That is why it is recommended to equip window sills with additional lighting at this time of the year, for example, a fluorescent lamp. Since sorrel is resistant to cold, the temperature of the place where it will grow can vary from +4 to +20.
Sorrel culture is not picky and can coexist on a summer cottage with almost all crops. When transplanting it to a new place, the following factors must be taken into account:
- The new planting site should be in diffused shade, such as under trees. Because the leaves grow old in the sun.
- Pay attention to the soil. A slightly acidic or humus-flavored soil is suitable for sorrel.
- The planting period also plays an important role.
Early spring or late autumn is best suited for transplanting.
If you choose the right place and time for transplanting, give the right care, then the plant will grow healthy and give a good harvest.
How do you know if you need a transplant?
In order to determine that the sorrel needs a transplant, it is enough to look at it. If the leaves of the plant have become small, and the bushes are low-yielding, a transplant is needed.
Sorrel needs to be replanted every 3-5 years.... But in order not to bring the plant to a bad state, you need to replant them every 1-2 years.
With sorrel in a pot, the same system. Another reason for pot-to-pot transplant is lack of space for root growth. Subsequently, the plant begins to deteriorate and hurt, and as a result, it dies altogether.
What kind of soil is needed?
For such an unpretentious plant as sorrel, you do not need to specially select the soil for transplanting. but there are three types of soil that are most favorable for this culture, this is:
- Sandy loam.
For transplanting in the garden, the soil is fertilized in advance. And for transplanting in a pot, you can buy ready-made soil or take soil from the dacha.
The land from the summer cottage must be given heat treatment in order to clean the soil from pests and harmful bacteria.
Sorrel tolerates transplanting very well, the main thing is to properly prepare it and the soil for this procedure. Care is also an important factor after transplantation. It consists in constant watering and weeding.
When and when is a transplant necessary?
Sorrel is transplanted in the following cases:
- When he starts to choke the "neighbor" plant. There is an opinion that sorrel grows like a weed, so it must be cultivated by replanting.
- When the plant grows in one place for a long time. Sorrel takes all the necessary elements from the soil and becomes smaller and less fertile.
- When the wrong place is chosen. The planted plant grows in direct sunlight, fading and aging quickly under them.
One of the main points when transplanting sorrel is timing. The right season will help the plant quickly adapt. in a new place. And so, when is it better to transplant in open ground?
- In early spring... Prepared plant rhizomes are transplanted into properly prepared soil in autumn. And then by the end of spring you will have a fresh and juicy harvest.
- In autumn... Sorrel is transplanted on a warm, dry day in a previously prepared, dug garden bed. The plant should have time to mature before the first frost.
Because the plant is resistant to cold snaps, it is not necessary to wrap and insulate it... It automatically adapts to temperature over time.
In order to properly transplant sorrel in early spring, you need to do the following:
- Prepare the future bed in the fall by digging it up and fertilizing it. To make soil fertilizer you will need:
- 1 bucket of humus;
- 1 tbsp. l. Nitrofoski;
- 1 tsp urea.
After top dressing, level the soil with a rake.
- Water the soil abundantly before replanting.
- Carefully remove the sorrel root with an earthy clod without damaging the root itself. If the root has gone very deep into the ground, then it should be cut off with sharp scissors.
- The plant should be planted in rows, the distance between the bushes should be up to 5 cm.
- Having landed, we add sorrel and water it.
While the plant takes root, it must be watered, loosened and fertilized. You can fertilize in the open field with potassium and phosphorus fertilizers.
To transplant sorrel in the fall, you also need:
- Prepare a place for a transplant.
- Water the soil first.
- Dig up the root of the plant carefully.
- Transplant to a new place and dig in.
- Water and fertilize.
For the winter, the plant is not insulated due to its frost resistance.
We offer you to watch a video about transplanting sorrel to another place:
In the pot
A window sill is best suited for arranging a bed for sorrel.... But even at home we must not forget that sorrel does not like sunlight. Therefore, you need to choose a shady or semi-shaded window sill.
When is the procedure necessary?
Potted sorrel is transplanted in two cases:
- Soil depletion... This is when the plant takes all the necessary useful trace elements from the soil and begins to wither without them.
- Small pot... There is not enough space in the pot for the roots and a larger container is needed.
Sorrel is transplanted in the second half of October. This allows you to have a crop on the windowsill by winter.
In order to transplant sorrel from one pot to another, you need:
- Purchase a mixture of soil with a slightly acidic medium.
- Choose the correct container.
- Put pebbles on the bottom of the pot.
- Then fill the container with soil.
- Before planting, shorten the roots a little: up to 10-12 cm.
- Water the soil.
- Plant a root 16-17 cm in wet soil (if you have a box, then the distance between plantings should be 10-15 cm).
- For the first 7 days, remove the container with plantings in a dark place, the temperature in which should reach + 10-12 degrees.
- The soil needs to be watered a little every day.
- After a week, bring the container into the room.
- After 25-30 days, you can harvest.
A variety of containers for transplanting sorrel can be used. It can be:
- Flower pots.
- Wooden boxes.
- Plastic containers.
There are no special requirements for capacity. The main thing is that they have drainage holes. The pot must be at least 20 cm deep for proper root development.
If you take proper care of the plant, you can get a good harvest. But the quality of the harvest directly depends on your actions. When growing sorrel in a pot, it is enough just to water it in time., loosen and feed the soil.
But for sorrel growing outdoors, this is not enough. To get a good and healthy harvest, you must:
- Weed out the bed because they slow down the growth of the plant.
- Loosen the soil, the roots need oxygen.
- Water the sorrel every day as it loves moisture.
- Feed the plant. You choose the top dressing at your discretion: chemical or organic. The second is less harmful, but also less effective.
- Leaves must be cut off before frost so that they do not block the oxygen passage to the root.
- Pest control. In the fight, you can use folk remedies.
With proper care, the crop can already be harvested in two months... And he will noticeably delight you not only in quantity, but also in quality.
What if the plant starts to disappear?
The reasons why sorrel does not grow after transplanting can be different, for example:
- Roots damaged during transplantation.
- Wrong choice of soil.
- Wrong care.
If the reason is in the roots, then only a new transplanted plant will help here. If the root system is damaged, it is very rarely possible to correct the situation.
If the soil is not correctly selected, then it will be easier to cope. Just fertile black soil, and, as you know, sorrel prefers slightly acidic soil, just acidify with additives.
If, after all, the reason is leaving, then reconsider your actions. Maybe you picked up the wrong fertilizer or even overdid it with them. Or rarely water, and sorrel loves moisture.
When the reason is established, then it is much easier to solve it.
In order for the transplanted sorrel to please you with its harvest, not so much is needed. It is enough just to follow all the rules. Having created the right conditions for the plant, you will receive gratitude from him in the form of healthy dishes with this delicious culture!