Deep green large dandelion-like leaves 10-12”, slight fuzzy texture, steam like spinach or stinging nettles, mild cabbage flavor. Produces leaves until autumn. Somewhat attractive to bees and butterflies. Young shoots of Turkish Rocket are very tasty, collect in mid-spring before flowering. We sell a lot of this seed but think gardeners might be happier with Sea Kale and Good King Henry as a perennial vegetable plant. Also known as warty cabbage. Tags: Green.
Originated in Southern Russia. Very common in European Russia and and Estonia. Spread through Europe by Russian troops following Napoleon’s retreating army, mainly mixed with grain and hay to feed the Russian horses. Delicious turkish rocket recipes.
How to grow turkish rocket from seed
We start ours indoors in deep undivided flats 4-6 weeks before last frost then plant out after last frost when two to three sets of true leaves appear. Germination can be variable to low. Easy to grow, does well in the Pacific Northwest once established. May self-seed slightly in your garden. Cut seeds heads if you do not want it to spread. Propagate by root division after third year. Soil pH 6.1-7.5. Hardiness zones 6-11.
Germination in optimal conditions: 60-70%. Usual seed life: 3-4 years.
Planting Depth 3/4-1”
Soil Temp. Germ. 65-70˚F
Days to Germ. 20-30
Plant Spacing 12–18”
Row Spacing 2–3’
Days To Maturity 1 year
Part Shade, Moist Well Drained