Rocket is an easy growing salad herb with serrated leaves and a slightly peppery mustard taste. Though it is a salad crop it is often used a garnish in Mediterranean cuisine. They are generally pest and disease free and can be harvested year-round.
Leaves can be harvested throughout the year about four weeks after sowing. Pick leaves regularly, either treating plants as a ‘cut-and-come-again’ crop or pick a few leaves from multiple plants. Picking lots of leaves from one or two plants weakens growth. Flowers can be picked and used as well.
Sow seeds in Spring to Summer, 6-8 mm deep and 15-20 cm apart. Germination takes 5-12 days.
Rocket is a medium feeder and needs a moderate amount of nutrients.
Chalk, Clay, Gravel, Loam, Sand, Compost
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
Rocket is a pungent tonic herb and has a high vitamin and mineral content, most particularly rich in potassium and silica. Rocket tea is a mild stimulant and a cough remedy.
Leaves and flowers have a peppery flavour and are great in salads. The younger leaves are milder and more tender. Leaves can be lightly cooked, added to sauces, stir-fried or sautéed in olive oil.
Cream, Purples, White
Rocket is generally disease free but can be bothered by snails, slugs and caterpillars.