Rare Bloody Dock Red Sorrel Seeds, Organic Heirloom Non-GMO BN25

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Bloody dock plant, aka red veined sorrel (Rumex sanguineus), is a rosette forming perennial from the buckwheat family. It generally grows in a clumping mound that reaches around 18 inches (46 cm.) in height and is just as wide

Stunning foliage plant with elongated, medium green leaves, exquisitely veined in a brilliant burgundy-purple. A hardy perennial, it quickly forms an attractive clump, which sends up red flower clusters in early summer, followed by brown seed heads. A superb, deer-resistant accent plant.

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6-12 hours of Sun Sprouts in 10-14 Days Ideal Temperature: 65-75 Degrees F Seed Depth: 1/4" Plant Spacing: 10-12" Frost Hardy: Yes Type: Annuals, Perennials Sun Exposure: Full Sun Water: Regular Water Family: Polygonaceae Type: Annuals, Perennials Sun Exposure: Full Sun Water: Regular Water Planting Zones: 4-11 Family: Polygonaceae Rumex sanguineus (Red) Bloody Dock Red Sorrel, bloodwort

Bloody Sorrel / Red Dock, Rumex sanguineus ssp. sanguineus Red Vein Sorrel has edible leaves, which can be used raw in salads or cooked in soups, sauces, egg dishes. The flavor is like that of sharp, sprightly spinach, but sorrel is more heat tolerant and produces throughout the growing season. French sorrel (R. scutatus) is a more sprawling plant, to 112 feet high, with shorter, broader leaves and a milder, more lemony flavor than R. acetosa. Native to Europe, western Asia, and North Africa. The oxalic acid found in sorrel can replace lemon, which is often added to smoothies to balance out the taste.

Grow sorrel in reasonably good soil. Sow seeds in early spring; thin seedlings to 8 inches apart. Or set out transplants at any time, spacing them 8 inches apart. Pick tender leaves when they are big enough to use; cut out flowering stems to encourage leaf production. Replace (or dig and divide) plants after 3 or 4 years. The plant grows to about 2 feet in height in clumps with pink flowers in racemose appearing during early summer.

Upright, bright green leaves have exquisite deep red veins. A colorful and unique addition to perennial borders and mixed container plantings. Herbaceous.

Growing Tips: Harvest tender leaves starting in early spring, remove flowering tops to keep leaves tender and to prevent unwanted volunteers. May become invasive in some climates.

How to Grow Red Veined Sorrel Bloody dock plants are hardy to USDA zones 4-8 but can be grown as annuals in other areas. Sow the seeds directly into the garden in the spring or divide existing plants. Situate the planting in full sun to partial shade in average to moist soil. Bloody dock care is minimal, as this is a low-maintenance plant. It can be grown around ponds, in a bog, or in a water garden. Keep the plants moist at all times. The plant can be invasive in the garden if allowed to self-sow. Remove the flower stalks to prevent self-seeding and promote bushy leaf growth. Fertilize once a year in the spring.

GROWING BLOODY DOCK Bloody dock is easy to grow from seed. It likes a evenly moist, well drained soil and partial shade. The red veins are already apparent when the plant is just 1/2" tall!

Like any other greens, wash sorrel clumps thoroughly in clean running water and rinse in salt water for about 30 minutes in order to remove dirt and any insecticide residues.

Bloody Dock can grow up to 3 feet tall and is a perennial up to zone 6. Like other Sorrel's, Bloody Dock grows continuously from early spring till late fall. As a perennial it's often one of the first greens available in the spring so if you're looking for a spring salad this would be a great choice.

Many people simply plant Bloody Dock as a foliage plant similar to how you would use Hostas. It makes for a very striking border and if left to self seed will easily fill an empty area of your landscaping if desired.

The fresh herb should be used early to get maximum nutrition. To store, keep wrapped in a damp towel and place in the refrigerator for extended use (up to 3 days).

Harvesting tips I harvest red veined sorrel from my zone 5 garden all year round. In spring, summer, and autumn I have plants in my raised bed vegetable garden as well as in containers on my deck. In winter I like to have a couple of plants tucked into cold frames or in my polytunnel beds. There are two main ways to harvest sorrel:

Pluck individual leaves as needed. For salads and fresh eating, I pick leaves that are three to four inches long. These are the most tender. Older leaves are tougher and sharper in flavor. Grow it as a ‘cut and come again crop’. Need a bunch of sorrel at once for pesto or another recipe? Shear the plants back to just a couple of inches above the ground. This gives you a big harvest but also forces the plants to push out new growth for future meals.

MEDICINAL USES FOR BLOODY DOCK As an herb, Bloody Dock has shown great promise for preventing cancer and fighting high cholesterol and diseases of the circulatory system. It's high in vitamins A & C, iron and potassium. It has antiseptic and astringent properties and a decoction of the leaves can be used externally for healing cuts, burns, rashes, wounds, hemorrhoids, insect bites and boils. The tap root is often dug up in spring and dried for later use.

Bloody Dock does contain a good amount of oxalic acid (like spinach and brassicas). This is the nutrient that's believed to fight cancer however, it can also contribute to kidney stones in high doses so it's recommended to not overdo it!

Sorrel uses – Add to soups – Make it into a sauce for fish – Add to omelets and scrambled eggs – Add to stuffing for meat – Shred sorrel and stuff it into fish – Add to quiches – Add to mashed potatoes – Add to hummus – Add to pasta – Add to mixed-leaf and herb salads – Add to chard and spinach anywhere you would use those – Use as a filling for buckwheat crêpes – Make it into a pesto, to use in pasta, on pizzas, or with grilled salmon – Sorrel Smoothie

Seeds are not individually packaged according to variety but are packaged in one envelope for this listing, please see other listings for individual varieties.

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