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My rocket plants have been plagued by snails. Apart from wondering whether I could actually eat the snails I have found there, what can I do? I have put down slug pellets but it made no difference. Also, some have now gone to seed. Can I cultivate the seeds from the pods?
I've been trying to grow rocket indoors but I started 6 weeks ago and still have no rocket. They seem to thrive as seedlings but then they die off gradually after about 4 weeks. All my other plants are doing great but I don't know why the rocket is doing so badly. I don't know if other people have this problem or if you have any suggestions to stop it from happening next time?
Great info, just what i was looking for!. reading the above comment tho my seedlings have just poped up hope they don,t die off tho?.
Hi Mine are doing the same,any help would be welcome.
surround your plants with a barrier of sand. The snails will not pass.


I live in an apartment and don't have time to keep an allotment I am trying to create a window ledge garden this year and my partner and I both love Rocket in our salads will it be okay indoors I have seen many articles recommending you get it started indoors and then move it outdoors but no indoors kits like you get for herbs and lettuce. Any body know if it does grow okay indoors and other top tips for success would be much appreciated.

I see some of you have been sowing the rocket in November - i think the reason this doesnt grow is that the light levels are too low - also could be too warm?  I am growing mine in the greenhouse at the moment, and have put the pots outside the last few days, bringing them back in at night. But i think it will be OK to sow outside again now if I put a cloche over them.  

On seed collection try a super non-profit organisation dedicated to self seed collection. They do an excellent free document on all sorts of seed collection plus why it's a good idea.

Have sown rocket for the first time in July got a great crop, they are obviously nearing their end though as they are almost a meter long and flowering, I am wondering can I take seeds from the flowers for next year???

my rocket has yellow flowers are the flowers edible

Yes. You will find the leaves are getting tough by the time the  rocket flowers.

Time to sow a fresh batch

My rocket seems perpetual/self seeding. At the moment I have a fantastic row of plants about 2-3ft tall that have leaves and an abundance of flowers to pick for my salads. It is also a haven for various species of bees, flies and butterflies. Win, win!

My first crop wilted for some reason. I used a tray to sow the seeds. kept the compost damp but for some reason after they were around 2 to 3 cm tall they wilted. Any thoughts.

They were in a greenhouse. Not in direct sun light. Covered when frost threatened.

New batch sewn yesterday.  

Busy Bee2

Noticed in a back copy of GW magazine that they like to be sown quite deep, which is interesting.  Also, look out for varieties which are slow to bolt.  I am now picking it from a growbag which has been kept in the greenhouse.


Rob, I sow Rocket directly into the ground, sprinkle a few slug pellets; a little water and then let them get on with it. This seems to work, I don't bother with seed trays.


Rocket does not like to be transplanted so I drop two seeds into toilet roll cartons filled with rich compost.  I then choose the strongest seedling and plant exactly where I want them to grow.  With rich soil they keep going for months with regular harvesting.  I let a few go to seed and just keep sowing.  if you are in a hurry you can peel the soggy cardboard away before planting in their new home.  The roots with get cracking sooner.  Enjoy and viva recycling!

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