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 best under glass, in the cold frame or greenhouse
Sow direct, and repeat in two to three weekly intervals to have fresh leaves through the summer
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Rocket about 21 days before your last frost date .
Choose a bright sunny spot
Can be a catch crop(sow in between a slower growing main crop)
Protect with fleece, if slugs,are a problem, or it is a little cold or too hot
Cut Leaves off at soil level when 2" – 4" long. Leaves will regrow. Leaves are sweeter when young.
Two or three cuttings are possible with re-growth in between, then pull up and start again.
Seed viability is three to four years.
These estimates for how long Rocket takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 6 days | Min 1 days | Max 19 days (316)
Average 16 days | Min 4 days | Max 58 days (15)
Average 41 days | Min 1 days | Max 87 days (38)
Our when to plant Rocket estimates are relative to your last frost date.
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)