The Microgreen Rocket brings fresh, spicy taste to your salads. These succulent baby leaves are easy to grow on your windowsill and will only take about 16-21 days to mature. The leaves are small, oval shaped, dark green and have a slight sweet taste.
These are not herb plants. They do not have foliage at all, just tiny green leaves. Because they lack foliage, the Microgreen Rocket is very drought tolerant. It can handle light frost, full sun, and dry spells just fine. It needs indirect sunlight to harvest.
If you choose to go with a seedling variety, make sure it is resistant to rust and has some sort of protective coating on it. Some varieties can also handle some heat or pests, such as lady bugs. But remember that some seeds will need to be treated to make them more resistant.
This plant will bloom for one year, producing up to six inches a month. During the blooming stage it looks like a small bush. As it matures it changes into a shrub with upright branches. It produces pinkish flowers between June and August.
The Microgreen Rocket is a perennial and a slow-growing herb. It can tolerate some shade and does best in full sun, but can tolerate some shade as well. It is great for people who like culinary herbs but do not like the hard growing requirements. This is also a safe herb for growing around your home.
You can use the leaves for cooking or use the stalks for their flavor. You will love eating microgreens fresh from your kitchen garden. The leaves are easily eaten and the taste is wonderful. Just keep some by your plant as a preventive measure against disease, insects and poor soil health.
Determinate and annual varieties prefer full sun. They don’t do well in shade, although they do fine in shaded areas. They like moist soil, so you should check the pH level before planting and fertilize if necessary. They produce very little foliage during the blooming period, so they are good plants to grow in groups of three or four.
When eating microgreens ensure you wash the leaves thoroughly after picking and don’t add any soil to the leaves. Once picked, the leaves should be rinsed several times with cool water. You may choose to leave the stems on the plant to improve air circulation and therefore, prevent disease and insects from attacking the leaves.
Do not let the leaves touch the ground when they come out of the ground. Keep them on a separate tray while you replant them. If you leave the leaves on the trays, the roots can rot, bringing an unwanted plant disease with it.
This species likes lots of sunny, dry weather. So it is best to plant them in your garden at the beginning of spring. During the hot summer months microgreens turn brown, so it is a good idea to replant them sooner rather than later. However, if you live in an area that has hard winters, then you may have to wait for a few more weeks until the plants flower. If you want to go into winter with a fully grown plant, then do not replant until the first frosts have disappeared.
This species can survive very extreme temperatures but not freezing temperatures. If you are growing it outdoors, you might consider growing it with a greenhouse. That way it will have access to a little extra heat. When growing indoors, however, you should keep in mind that it will need to be given additional heating. In order to get the best results, try to give it at least four hours of sunlight per day.
It is best to plant it in a central location. This will allow it to grow up and spread out a bit. On its own, it will not spread to much unless it has a dedicated growing space. But it will surely grow and flourish in the space provided to it.
The leaves are hollow and come in a very eye-catching style. The purple and blue flowers are very pretty when they come in bloom. The small white star-shaped blooms represent the ray of sunshine that plays a role in their beauty. And of course they can mean many other things such as spring, sunshine, abundance, health, happiness, joy, love, peace, harmony and many more.