How to Plant Rocket Seeds


Rocket (Eruca sativa), more commonly known as arugula in the United States, is an annual plant, the leaves of which are generally eaten raw in salads. Rocket flowers are also edible and included in some Mediterranean dishes. Rocket grows to 40 inches in height and thrives in a sunny location. Plant rocket seed in February.

Step 1

Pour a 3-inch layer of compost or manure onto the soil in the planting area and use the garden fork to mix it to a depth of 6 inches. Rake the bed smooth.

Step 2

Plant the rocket seeds 1/8 inch deep, 1 inch apart in a 6-foot row.

Step 3

Water the planting area with the fine mist setting on your hose or with a watering can to avoid washing the seeds away. Keep the soil moist while the seeds germinate. They should sprout within 10 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost or manure
  • Garden fork
  • Rake


  • BBC Gardeners World: Growing Rocket From Seed
  • Gardening Central: Growing Arugula
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