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Growing Rocket, also Arugula/Rucola

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Rocket in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • 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

Your comments and tips

08 Dec 14, Gus (Australia - temperate climate)
Theyre probably bolting because of the recent high temperatures. Once plants start to go to seed, its not really possible to stop them; however you can delay them slightly. for the rocket, I wouldnt bother- it gets really tough and bitter. You can stall the basil by pinching out all of the flower heads as soon as you see them forming. It bushes out, and the new growth is still pretty tender. In the mean time sow more seeds! possibly in a shadier area if you have any.
17 Nov 14, Jo Thorne (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi, have a rocket plant and something (looks like a minute grey coloured mite) eating at it, some leaves eaten to the stem. Don't want to use harsh poisons, any suggestions. Thank you.
28 Mar 16, Dee (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Jo Sounds like aphids? I use a soap spray for aphids (make sure to leave it one week before eating them and wash thoroughly of course) but you can find lots of alternative and natural sprays on the Gardening Australia website - just look for 'home remedies'
05 Nov 14, Geoff (Australia - temperate climate)
Plant growing extremely well but sour tasting?
18 Oct 14, ali (Australia - temperate climate)
do you only get one harvest from rocket plant? once it flowers and seeds? my rocket plants are now flowering and the green pods are forming. the leaves wont grow as big as before.... if i take the seed pods, when is the best time to replant??
29 Oct 14, Genevieve (Australia - temperate climate)
Unsure where you live, I live in Sydney and plant it in winter and if you keep picking, it lasts for a long time. Once the seed pods turn light green or yellow, you pull the plant up and dry it . Once very dry, you can harvest it for replanting. I've noticed that rockets tends to bolt quickly in the hot weather and that goes for coriander too.
28 Aug 14, Janine Golden (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Does Rocket like full sun or partial sun. I planted it about 4 weeks ago..seedlings are about an inch now. Would really appreciate some advice...Thanks!!
22 Jul 14, Jos Rhodes (USA - Zone 8a climate)
Can arugula be grown in the hot Central Valley of california
21 Jul 14, Ushs Aswat (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I planted some rocket & they now up to about 4 ins high . I live in Barbados which is sun all year & can get very hot . Could you give me some tips on how to care for my young plants ?
17 Jun 14, Simon (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
I've started growing rocket this year. I'm using a fairly sunny spot, outdoors. In terms of water, I give it a hose daily, and feed it once a week with the rest. It's gone rampant, but I've planted it fairly densely, so the rockets are partially shading each other. I've been nipping off the flowers as soon as I've seen them and the rockets are pretty big - mine too are a little bitter though it's pot luck, so I suspect the size and age of the plant play a part.
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