Rocket

Rocket

Rocket is an annual plant which ranges from 20 – 100cm tall with oak leaf shaped foliage which looks like a much longer leaved open lettuce. Rocket has a peppery, mustard taste and is very popular in Mediterranean salad dishes. There are two types of rocket: salad rocket and wild rocket. The wild rocket has narrower leaves and a much stronger taste. Salad rocket presents much broader leaves and delivers a milder taste. Flowers can also be picked for its use in salads, but tend to be quite peppery.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    In general, rocket is not fussy and will grow in practically any fertile soil which holds moisture.

    It does not tolerate hot sun, much preferring partial shade.

    Ensure that a steady supply of water is provided.

    Hot dry weather will encourage rapid flowering.

    Both varieties can be grown as cut back and come again crops, with the leaves best picked when young, taking into consideration the older they get the bitter they grow to be.

    It is best to plant Rocket when soil temperatures are between 10°C and 25°C.

    This vegetable is susceptible to frosts. Make sure it is placed in a protected location.

    Seeds should be sown thinly in rows or blocks at a depth of 1 – 2cm. Like lettuce, rocket is best if small amounts of seed are sown every few weeks instead of all at once. So if you want a continuous supply, then plant every fortnight.

    When planting, space at 15 - 20 cm apart within rows.

    Rocket will grow well in a container, as long as it is placed in a warm, sheltered site and is given an ample supply of water.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant 

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¾-1 cup (150-200g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 2kg/10m row

    Comments: Incorporate Dinofert Standard Pellets, Dinofert Organic or Premium Organic Pellets several weeks well before planting in the top 15 – 20cm of soil.

     

    Stage: Side Dress  

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¼-½ cup (50-80g)/m²

    Commercial Use: Up to 1kg/10m ro

    Comments: Side dress 2 -3 days after planting and again before hearting.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.