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Growing Rocket, also Arugula/Rucola

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

(Best months for growing Rocket in New Zealand - cool/mountain 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 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)
  • 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

03 Feb 20, Andrea Hazeldine (New Zealand - temperate climate)
We live in the bush, with less sun hours than most. Will it still be possible to grow Rocket?
04 Feb 20, (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Some plants need 4-6 hrs sunlight per day some need 6-8 hrs etc. Look up the internet for hrs of sunlight needed for vegetables. You can only give it a try.
25 Mar 19, Annika Irving (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi! If I put a polypropylene tunnel over the rocket, will it survive during winter? I'm in Nelson. We do get morning frosts in my area. Cheers, Annika
22 Feb 18, Bruce (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I'm new to growing rocket, my question is - once you have harvested rocket, can you let it re-grow and harvest again, if so how many times can you harvest of the one plant or once you have harvested, must you replant
08 Feb 18, Amanda (Australia - temperate climate)
My roquettes new leaves are starting to have hairs on the leaves and stems? What does this mean and can i eat them?
09 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I'm not a rocket grower - maybe that is the variety. Maybe it is coming to the end of its growing cycle.
07 Dec 17, Bev (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Why did my rocket go straight to flower and seed after planting
10 Dec 17, Hamsa (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
When it gets hot, rocket goes to seeds, collect the seeds when they dry and sow them in autumn and you will have rocket in autumn, winter and spring
08 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Probably to do with the season (end of growing season). I have had coriander growing for the last 6-8 weeks or so - it receives plenty of water and the soil is fertile and it is going to seed now. Some plants only have a short life. Maybe plant it earlier next year.
30 Jul 17, Margret (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
good day, when does one harvest? and once harvested, one should sow a new batch? as replied to a question above you advise to let some go to seed - here in Durban we can sow most things through the whole year - thanks for your info - Margret
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