Rocket is part of the Eruca genus and its scientific name is Eruca sativa. The sativa part of this plant's botanical name means 'having been cultivated'.
A compact, dark green plant grown for its strongly-flavored, peppery leaves. A member of the mustard family, arugula boasts a continental lineage and is equally well known by its Italian derived name (from ruca or rucula) and by its French appellation, roquette.
Arugula can be eaten raw in salad or cooked (braised) like spinach. When it bolts, taste that leaves and see if you like them — they are more strongly flavored than younger leaves, but many people enjoy them. The flowers are also edible.A type of edible vegetable / herb, it mainly grows as an annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Rocket normally grows with a forb habit to a mature height of 30.0 cm (that's 11.7 inches imperial). Expect harvests to start to occur in late spring. Wild, Rucola Coltivata, sylvetta, Apollo, and Astro are some of the most popular varieties of Rocket for home gardeners to grow.
Rocket is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
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Rocket grows best in cool, moist conditions. Fall and spring are perfect. It needs a lot of water. If you are careful, you can clip leaves from the outside of the plant and allow it to keep growing – just make sure to not disturb the roots. In hot weather, it may bolt, but don’t worry, the flowers taste great!
Harvest when leaves are 3 to 4 inches long either by pulling the entire plants or by breaking off individual leaves. If you cut a plant off at soil line, rather than pulling it, it will resprout.
May be Winter Sown.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Rocket about 21 days before your last frost date .
Cut Leaves off at soil level when 2" – 4" long. Leaves will regrow. Leaves are sweeter when young.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Rocket so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Rocket so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Rocket plants:
Arugula boasts a continental lineage and is equally well known by its Italian derived name (from ruca or rucula) and by its French appellation, roquette.
By one account, its seeds were first brought to North America in 1631 by the son of the Puritan leader John Winthrop, a curious beginning given the plant’s contemporary association with the upscale nouvelle cuisine.
(Taken from the book Salad Gardens by Karan Davis Cutler)
Arugula, Rucola, Rúcula roqueta
07 May 2013
Time for a proper photo, yes indeed.
30 Jun 2012
More harvested than noted. Last taken around this date
05 Jun 2012
It was much stronger tasting than comercial arugula. Once we got used to it, we put it in everything. Loved it.
18 Sep 2011
My rocket has grown and gone to seed, well, the plants that weren’t harvested. Lots of seeds to pick.
08 Aug 2011
great stuff. Direct seed, 1 month to harvest, excellent addition to sandwiches, salads, pesto…
Rocket care instructions
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