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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 Australia - sub-tropical regions)

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 10°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 15 - 20 cm apart
  • Harvest in 21-35 days.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Lettuce

Your comments and tips

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
23 Nov 15, Trish (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
On the left is the perennial wall rocket or wild rocket with the finely divided fern like leaves (Diplotaxis tenuifolia). On the right, labeled "mature plant" is the annual salad rocket or arugula (Eruca sativa). Not the same plant. Both delicious in salads.
07 Nov 15, Nahrein (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy rocula/rocket seeds to grow the mature plant I've called so many places they only have the wild version it's not what I'm after. Thanks so much for your helpful website
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