What are the pros? Prolific; perennial; sour
What are the cons? I think all my plants are male
I direct-seeded a whole pack of seeds in a raised bed with clay soil and partial shade. After quite a while, I got three plants (which were conveniently and coincidentally in a row). They didn't get a lot of growth the first year. Anyway, the next two years (especially this year), we got plenty of sorrel, but I think all the plants are male; because, we didn't get any seeds the second year (I cut off the seed stalks the third year). The plants grow leaves best in my area in the spring and the fall (and late summer). However, if you just let them grow without pruning them, you're less likely to get a fall harvest. I recommend cutting them down to the ground whenever you want lots of new growth (unless it's very hot and dry at the time). When the plants reach a certain size (and/or have tall seed stalks) they can stop growing. You can even get new sorrel growth in the summer, if you prune judiciously. They keep growing seed stalks in summer, though, but they do grow leaves with them.
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