There are two types of rocket leaves or also called as arugula which popular nowadays, they are the cultivated one Eruca sativa and Diplotaxis tenuifolia or known as wild rocket. They both belong to the same family as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Wild rocket contains a range of health-promoting properties such as phytochemicals including Vitamin C, carotenoids, dietary fibre, magnesium, calcium, potassium, Vitamin K, polyphenols and glucosinolates. Wild rocket leaves have a pungent and peppery flavor and make for the perfect ingredients in salads, pizza toppings and other cooked culinary purposes. They are helpful in reducing cholesterol and risk of heart diseases. They also help prevent diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and obesity.
Sowing Time: N/A Sowing Distance : 30 – 40 cms plant to plant Fruit Weight : N/A Fruit Shape : N/A Days to Maturity : 60 – 70 days
Grow Guide: PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS
Sow thinly 6mm (¼in) deep in drills spaced 45-60cm (18-24in) apart.
Sow the seeds thinly along the row, spacing them out as evenly as possible.
The distance between the seeds should be about 3cm. (1¼in) Cover the seed lightly with soil.
Remove any weed remnants or large stones as you go to ensure the plants have a good start. Water the seeds in well using a watering can with the rose attached. This means you drench the soil but minimise disturbance to the seeds.
MANURE: Grow in part or full sunlight
SOIL: Enrich soil with compost and organic fertiliser (such as Yates Blood & Bone or Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food) before planting. Apply Yates Thrive Soluble Plant Food at weekly intervals.
TEMPERATURE: Best results when grown between 32-40 F
WATERING: Water moderately and evenly; light in cold frame
HOW TO HARVEST
Harvest as a cut-and-come-again crop, by nipping off what you require as soon as the leaves are large enough leaving the plants to grow on and produce pickings for weeks.