Salad Leaves Rocket 'Victoria'
Rocket 'Victoria' is a classic salad rocket with long dark lobed peppery leaves. It is ones of the easiest salads to grow and is fast growing, reaching maturity in 21-28 days after germination.
Popular in Italy and Southern France, where it has been grown and eaten for centuries, it is great added to stir-fries, tomato and pasta dishes as well as eaten fresh in salads.
|When to sow||Sow successionally from March to September|
|Where to sow||Rocket prefers a semi shaded site with moist, nutrient rich soil.|
|Sow seeds thinly in growing position either in a seed bed or a pot/container, 0.5cm(1/4in) deep in rows 23cm (9in) apart and 3cm (1 1/4in) between each seed.|
|Early spring and early autumn sowings will benefit from frost protection with a cloche/fleece or by placing pot/container in a greenhouse.|
|Water well, especially during periods of dry weather, and keep weed free.|
|Pick the young leaves and the plant will keep generating new ones for months.|
|Harvest||April to November|
|Handy Tips||Plants may run to seed in very warm and dry conditions, to avoid this keep well watered and sow successionally.|
|Remove any flower stems as soon as they appear to prolong the cropping period.|
|Companion Planting||Good companion: Brassicas, onions, chives, peppermint, spearmint|
|Nutritional Information||Containing significant folate (folic acid) and calcium. Exceptionally high in beta carotene, vitamin C, and a good source of iron.|
|Serving Suggestion||Used fresh it adds a peppery note to salads, but also great added to stir-fries, tomato and pasta dishes.|