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Growing Rocket, also Arugula/Rucola

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S P P     P        

(Best months for growing Rocket in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays. P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 21-35 days.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Lettuce
  • 'Wild' rocket (narrow leaves)
    'Wild' rocket (narrow leaves)
  • Mature plant
    Mature plant

Plant every 2 to 3 weeks for a continuous supply. Leafy green plant with lobed, dark green leaves. It has a slightly spicy, nutty flavour. The spiciness intensifies as the plant gets older.

Frost tender.

Keep well watered in well drained ground. Will go to flower rapidly in hot dry weather.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Rocket

Use in salads and stir-fry

Your comments and tips

19 Mar 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
A company called Seed Collection sells a lot of seeds. $1 a packet generally. Any thing from 20 to 400 seeds. $2 postage - free if buying $20 or more. The rocket at the moment is germinating in 72 hrs. Snow peas in 72 hrs.
28 Jan 17, Louise Caro (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
The rocket planted at the beginning of January has flowered and doesn't have many leaves. None has yet been picked as it doesn't look ready. Is the time of year wrong? Or should I wait for the flowering to be over.It is in the same place in the bed as the lettuce that is thriving. Any answers - a learning gardener - very welcome. Thanks
04 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
If it is flowering it will not produce more leaves. Let it go to seed and you will have hundreds of new seeds. Save some in a paper bag or envelope with the name and date on it and then let the rest drop to the ground where they will self sow. You will have an abundance of microgreens which you can snip off with scissors and you can let some grow on to harvest the leaves. Trust this helps.
14 Dec 16, Ann Leckning (Australia - temperate climate)
How do you stop rocket from flowering and if it does do you remove the flower heads to prolong the plant ? I'm a complete novice so any information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you Regards Ann.
20 Dec 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Rocket is an annual and will naturally go to seed in one season. you can delay this for a while by removing the flower stalks. The best thing to do is let some flower and go to seed. The resultant seedlings that emerge will be prolific and delectable. this is one vegetable that happily regrows. Trust this helps.
24 Oct 16, Robert serve ti (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy rocket seeds I live in Sydney
30 Oct 16, Dennis C (Australia - temperate climate)
I buy most of my seeds at The Reject Shop $1.50 a packet. I grow rocket amongst other herbs.
26 Oct 16, John Harris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Get them anyswhere they sell seeds - anywhere with a garden section or any nursery. They might be called arugula. Once you hace some, let someonto seed and you will have rocket for ever!
20 Aug 16, Cate (Australia - temperate climate)
Re: bitter, I'd say it's definitely to do with heat and water as I 'm just finishing eating my batch in Tasmania where we've had a nice amount of rain this winter and it's been delicious. :) a nice easy thing to grow for my first vegie patch
04 Jul 16, Kai (Australia - temperate climate)
can you plant potato sin Northern Territory
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