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Solanum tuberosum

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Belonging to the Solanum genus (Solanum tuberosum 'Rocket'), Rocket is a variety of Potato. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Light pastel purple and   Dark pastel purple and   Lavender purple. When mature, blooms are roughly 2.5 cm (that's 0.97 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a Single form, with an approximate petal count of 5. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Indian yellow and   Light yellow. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dark spring green and   La Salle Green colour.

Rocket is a creamy waxy white first early potato. Good disease resistance

This variety is a Vegetable that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Rocket is known for growing to a height of approximately 3.90 feet (that's 1.20 metres in metric) with a clump-forming habit. This variety tends to bloom in early summer.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Rocket Potato is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Rocket have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Rocket

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

When the leaves begin to appear, cover them over if a frost is due, and bank them up with earth, when they have grown to about 15cm. Continue to bank up the plants as they grow and then when there is a good mound of earth in place to protect the growing tubers, allow them to mature and flower

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Rocket is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Planting Rocket in loamy and clay soil with a ph of between 5.0 and 6.0 is ideal for as it does best in moderately acidic soil to weakly acidic soil.

Growing Rocket from seed

Not normally grown from seed, plant instead chitted tubers. To chit, place the tuber in bright light on a cool windowsill, in very early spring. This allows the tuber to begin to sprout and speeds up the growing process when the tuber is planted out

Sow 5.85 inches (15.0 cm) deep with a guideline distance of 11.7 inches (30.0 cm).

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Rocket about 14 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Rocket

Choose a sunny spot and either gig a trench or individual holes about 30cm deep. Place the chitted tuber ‘rose’ end up in the hole or trench. The ‘rose’ end is the smooth end that when the tuber was growing was not attached to the parent plant. The other end is more pointed and has a scar where it was attached to its plant.
Cover the tubers and mark the row.

As Rocket is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out (around 5°C / 41°F as a guideline) - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Rocket

Harvest tubers are the flowers fade

This variety tends to be ready for harvesting by early summer.

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