Rocket Seeds Reviews
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4 out of 15 seeds grew stunted.Just…
4 out of 15 seeds grew stunted.Just bought 5 more.Last purchase if luck is bad.
I have read all the negative reviews…
I have read all the negative reviews and although I had germination issues (1 year after order) they stand behind their warranty and products! They made my order rite and replaced the seeds that didn’t germinate and for that reason they have a customer for life. Thank you rocket seeds for doing what y’all said you would do if things are not rite!!
When rocket seeds was just crop king…
When rocket seeds was just crop king seeds is when I would get quality seeds. The reason I gave rocket seeds 2 stars out of 5 is because 2 of my 5 seeds from rocket seeds would germinate. And never did they offer to replace the seats and did not germinate.
I’ve been looking for a new seed company so I tried Rocket seeds. I ordered 5 gorilla glue auto and 5 granddaddy purple feminized. I received them in nice packaging and catalog from Beaver seeds. If only the seeds were as quality as the packaging. Only 1 gorilla glue and 2 granddaddy purple germinated and the plants were weak. I didn’t think the gorilla glue was going to make it and I’m still not sure. After a weak of growing it only has two tiny leaves. I do t think I’m going to waste my time growing it but h definitely have moved on to hopefully a more reputable company. It sucks because seeds are so expensive
Hoodwinked and confused
Thought that since they were shipped from Canada they would be good. I googled directions to the letter, started out with 10 now I have sevenish. They appear stunted, they appear to be rudelis when the label said stavia. I would not purchase from them again. It’s a waste of time and money.
Dont buy seeds from rocket
I bought bc god bud and bc hash seeds. 1 been growing for 45 yrs and germinated hundreds of seeds. rocket seed are crap bc god bud 3 out of 10 made it the hash none ad they even sent 10 more no good. I just lost $200 to rocket. avoid their seeds. im going to post this on my social media pages if they dont make it right.
Very disappointed in the quality of…
Very disappointed in the quality of these seeds. I’ve ordered a total of ten seeds from them and only about 3 survived to maturity. If you notice their guarantee is only on the germination, not on the actual plant surviving. I’ve always received my orders timely but don’t care for their shipping charges (always $20/22) and their customer service is unprofessional.
I’ve been growing for 10+ years and the…
I’ve been growing for 10+ years and the last 3 orders from rocket seeds hermied this has been the worst seed bank I’ve dealt with. Did the same grow with clones and other seed banks and had know problems. Seeds didn’t pop like they said Did everything like they said and seedlings looked very weak
I ordered about 25 to 30 seeds about 10…
I ordered about 25 to 30 seeds about 10 of them didn’t come up. Went by what they said and still no luck. The seeds are quick and get to you in a week or less. But for that ratio way to expensive when half don’t come up.
I bought five Do si dos feminized…
I bought five Do si dos feminized seeds. Four out of five of them popped,But the four that popped are very weak and frail, very bad genetics I am very upset I wasted a lot of money on this.
I am a professional grower with…
I am a professional grower with 25yrs.experiance.
Rockets seeds are the worst seeds I have ever worked with.
Seeds are immature,weak,and very small in size.
10%success rate with a terrible if not impossible guarantee that works for the company and not the customer.
DO NOT BUY FROM THIS SEED BANK.
This was my second order from rocket…
This was my second order from rocket seeds. Everything I ordered last year grew wonderful luscious buds except amnesia lemon. Bummer. Alas I have smoked all that I grew from that batch and have placed a second order. Tyson was amazing! I’ve been growing for over three decades. Tyson made some helpful recommendations for this year’s strains and even replaced the amnesia lemon from last year that didn’t take! Wow! I can’t understand why people are giving so many bad reviews. This company is terrific! The strains were great performers…Girl Scouts cookies was over 14ft tall!!…same can be said for Acapulco Gold!! My guess is that people just love to complain….and not everybody has a green thumb. Thanks Tyson for the great discussion….excited to grow the green crack and crown royal…hell, all the strains I picked this year! Looking forward to next year’s grow already!
I ordered 10 feminized GG4 and 10…
I ordered 10 feminized GG4 and 10 feminized Grandaddy Purple- I placed the order online and had to call to get it to go though the second time, the company indicated that I would be getting free seeds- did not say how many. The order cost like $279plus. And then get an email back with no mention of them. The order arrived fast, but no free seeds- contacted the website chat and got a childish response – basically telling me boo hoo and they kicked me off the chat site- I told them I new customer plus from Crop King. this is how they treat new customers- like we are nothing to them. This is the only Cannabis company that does not give any free seeds or say thank you for doing the business. They are fast- I have no idea about germination.
Ordered 10 seeds
Ordered 10 seeds, followed the instructions to the letter, nothing germinated, so I planted them anyway, nothing. Emailed them and got nothing back, I’ve never written a bad review about anything, until now. Any kind of response would have made me not wite this. Would not recommend.
Fake Spanish Genetics
All of the seed banks involved with rocket seeds sell mass-produced seeds from Europe. I bought CrapKing and Sonoma when I did not know any better.
I learned that they take genetics that breeders have worked hard on, and then mass produce them, and sell them to beginners. The ‘strain name’ and fancy packaging help.
The ‘strain’ you’ve bought is nothing like the original strain. You have bought a fake European version of the original strain.
Do some more research, buy some better seeds, even if they cost more. Don’t let companies like this steal an amazing experience from you.
Auto flower second order both hade lots…
Auto flower second order both hade lots of hermies first order saved 1 on 6 and 2 was definitely not auto photoperio
Reply from Rocket Seeds
call us 1-800-805-7835 so we can help you with your order number ready.
Small Immature seeds
Many, many years of growing. Been doing an indoor perpetual grow, eight to ten plants every 30 days, sense 2012. I have bought from many different seed banks over the years with no problems (98/99% sucess rate). I live in the USA and payment to other countries is sometimes a struggle, so I decided to go with Crop Kings.
Positive: Pricing, selection and shipping outstanding!
Negative: Small immature seeds.
I’m a little bit of a research freak so I did my homework before doing business with Crop Kings and everything sounded good – Yesterday I started Google searching Crop Kings small immature seeds and started finding some random complaints which bought me here.
Two purchases in the past couple months. Both orders had very small seeds (honestly, I have never seen seeds so small). Went through my normal germination process and the results were pretty bad.
I’m not one to normally complain, I will count my loses and simply move on; however, I do plan on expressing myself to Crop Kings once I see what this grow is going to do. I currently have 4 different strains – 2 seeds from each strain, plus 1 free agent orange germing right now – all feminized).
I have bookmarked this page and I will re-visit once I have communicated with Crop Kings – Peace and Happy Growing!
bought 10 seeds 6 sprouted ,grew 6 inches and died 4 didn’t sprout, indoors controlled temp and grow light light no pests or fungus , new potting soil, followed your directions to a t , really disappointed. what a waste of time and money. c7150 cb cheese autoflower,and a5340 candy cane autoflower fyi.
Reply from Rocket Seeds
Donald, Kindly phone us 1-800-805-7835 so we can discuss your germination issues and help you improve your growing experience with us.
Bad seeds bad service bad trust
Well I’m not sure who this review is for crop king seeds or rocket seeds Thier affiliated co. But in regards to my previous and second order I was none the less not impressed. Where to start my first order was on crookingseeds.com however when my package arrived it was shipped with rocket seeds so it appears they were sent from rocket and not CK the good is I actually received my product the bad is the first order did not pop not one seed 24hr soak in FIJI water no pop no taproot then to a wet paper towel where they continued to do notta I’ve germed many seeds in my life time inside outside in water only in perlite only in vermiculite only in worm castings in sand you name it I’ve tried it with success 98% of the time. however the shanty looking seeds I received did not grow.THE second order. I still am not pleased I ordered once again from CK seeds only to receive rocket seeds packaging this time was a freebie wow not impressed because the seeds I actually ordered look more shanty than my first order I won’t be doing business with either crop king seeds or rocket seeds from here on out I don’t even plan on trying to grow these beans in fault of hermies and males and bad looking seeds there no point in planting a tire and hoping for a car when it’s just not gonna grow bad costumer service because I tried contacting crop king to get my first order at least half replaced and they wouldn’t even do that I think I’ll stick with bagweed before I try to grow Thier hand me down crap again. Oh and Lisa isn’t the best person for costumer relations update 1-4-2022 I love how costumer service can reply to everyone else’s post but mine shows how great you all really are
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How to Plant and Grow Arugula: Make your Greens Shoot Up Like a Rocket
This peppery leafy plant is my all-time favorite salad green, and luckily for me it is a cinch to grow!
Referred to by many names including rocket, rucola, roquette, rucoli, and rugula, arugula is an incredibly fast-growing cool season crop that adds a fresh spicy kick to salads and sandwiches. It is commonly found component of mesclun salad mixes.
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Best of all, growing it has an almost instant payoff since young leaves can be harvested only a few weeks after sowing seeds.
What You’ll Learn
Cultivation and History
Though fluctuating in popularity over the centuries, arugula has been a part of the human diet for a very long time. It is mentioned in the Old Testament, so it may have been in human cultivation as early as the 6th century BC. The plant is native to the Mediterranean and has long been enjoyed around the region in Italy, Morocco, Turkey, and Portugal.
In ancient times its leaves and seed oil were considered an aphrodisiac by the Egyptians and Romans, and is still used medicinally in India, Pakistan, and West Asia. Oil pressed from the seeds, known as Taramina oil, is often used to promote hair growth, reduce dandruff, kill lice, and reduce inflammation of skin conditions.
In the United States, this piquant garden staple is finally receiving its time in the spotlight! Though originally brought to North America by British colonists, it really wasn’t until the last 20 years or so that it has gone from a relatively rare ingredient to modern culinary sensation.
How to Sow
Arugula can be easily sown from seed and you can begin planting as soon as the soil thaws in spring. Find a spot in full sun or partial shade, and sow seeds 1/4-inch-deep in rows 10 inches apart, leaving about an inch between each. If you prefer, you can also broadcast seeds and thin later to 3 or 4 inches apart. Seeds should germinate within just a few days!
Try mixing with other salad greens when broadcasting to create your own mesclun mix!
Sow in spring and again in late summer for a fall harvest, or better yet seed every 2 to 3 weeks throughout the season for a continual harvest.
There is really not much to growing and maintaining arugula. It grows so fast that when issues do arise, you can always just reseed and wait a couple of weeks.
Arugula prefers nutrient rich soil but is tolerant of a wide variety of growing conditions. In truth, it can be grown just about anywhere.]
Once your bed is seeded, just be sure to keep the soil moist until sprouts appear. When plants have developed a few true leaves, you can thin to about 6 inches apart.
Don’t toss out thinned plants! Use those baby arugula greens in salads or as a peppery garnish.
If growing in the heat of summer, plant in part shade or use a shade cloth to reduce stress and delay bolting.
It is also important to keep plants well-watered. Arugula has a shallow root system, so it needs consistent and frequent watering, or it will dry out. Water the base of plants instead of the leaves to reduce chances of mildew and blight.
Don’t forget to thin plants as they are growing to avoid overcrowding and reduce risk of disease.
Pick leaves in the evening to avoid wilting in the hot sun.
Arugula is a great companion plant! Because it has shallow roots and doesn’t take up much space, it can be seeded around many slower growing crops to fill in the gaps. This can also be handy in the heat of summer, because larger crops will provide some shady relief to this cool weather lover.
If growing in summer, you may also consider finding heat resistant strains. Wild arugula, a close relative of the cultivated variety, is less bitter and more heat tolerant. It does grow a bit slower, maturing in about 5 weeks, so keep that in mind if timing seedings for a continual harvest.
Cultivars to Select
Rocket arugula is a classic variety that you may have seen sold in supermarkets and restaurants.
It has beautifully serrated leaves, a crisp and peppery flavor, and is amazing in salads and sandwiches.
For best results, grow in the spring or fall; it loves cool weather.
‘Wall-Rocket’ (Wild Arugula)
This wild selection has a more refined, less bitter flavor and makes for a lovely garnish.
It’s also one of the few cultivars that perform well during warm weather and makes an excellent option for southern gardeners. It’s a tender perrennial in the right climate zones.
Pick leaves at two inches.
‘Red Dragon’ is a colorful selection that brings a pop of color into an otherwise green pallet. The traditional oak-leaf shaped, toothed leaves are punctuated with maroon veins.
Luckily, it’s bite is not as bad as its bark as it’s one of the milder offerings.
‘Red Dragon’ does best in the cooler weather of fall and spring. Harvest the younger leaves at two to three inches and leave the center intact for the plant to regenerate.
This ‘slow bolt’ cultivar as wider, fuller leaves than most others with distinct peppery flavor that can be describes almost spicy.
As the name indicates, this offering doesn’t bolt (go to seed) nearly as fast as other varieties and makes it ideal for southern gardeners growing in hot climates.
It’s also a good choice for microgreens to add a little flavor to an otherwise bland salad.
Burpee has designated this cultivar as their “best in class” for both extraordinary flavor and heat tolerance. They imported this selection from Italy with its warmer, Mediterranean climate.
Growers love the large leaves that allow you to harvest earlier than usual. Perfect for those with smaller growing areas.
Managing Pests and Disease
The following are the most common pests that you’ll likely encounter in your arugula patch:
These common garden pests can overwinter in soil and emerge to chew holes in young leaves, sometimes causing total destruction of plants. You may or may not be able to spot these tiny beetles but keep an eye out for tiny round holes in leaves, especially in seedlings.
There are a few ways to control flea beetle populations, such as using floating row covers, companion planting with marigolds, or by sprinkling naturally occurring diatomaceous earth.
My garden often suffers from damage by these, dare I say; icky, creatures. Slugs are slimy, grey or brown soft bodied mollusks that slither through your garden at night or after a rain, leaving a slimy trail in their wake. They eat large holes in plants and can do quite a bit of damage.
Hand pick in the evenings if you are brave enough or make “beer traps” by burying cups of beer. The slugs will be attracted to the beer and fall into the cups, the cheaper the beer the better. You can also try sprinkling diatomaceous earth around the base of plants.
These little green caterpillars chew their way through leaves, growing larger and more damaging the longer they feed.
Handpick caterpillars or sprinkle plants with diatomaceous earth. Floating row covers can also help keep moths from laying eggs on plants.
Birds also enjoy this pungent snack just like this. If birds become an issue, row covers or netting can be an effective deterrent.
Fungi and bacterium love veggies and these two arre fairly prevalent in attacking leafy greens:
Look for brown spots or flecks on the tops and bottoms of leaves and mold growing underneath.
Remove infected plants, water the base of plants instead of the foliage, and thin to avoid overcrowding.
Yellowing leaves or small wet brown spots on foliage can be a sign of this bacterial infection.
Remove affected plants at the first sign of infection and rotate crops. Watering the base of plants instead of the leaves can reduce the likelihood of blight.
You can begin harvesting young leaves when plants are just a couple of weeks old. In my opinion, younger leaves are the best tasting, tender and spicy but not too pungent. Arugula tends to flower and bolt quickly, especially in heat, and once this happens leaves can quickly become overwhelmingly bitter.
To harvest, pluck or cut individual leaves, picking a few from each plant. Leave about 2/3 of each plant intact. You can also pull up a whole plant at once, which I often do if plants start becoming overcrowded or are showing signs of bolting.
Pick younger leaves for a milder flavor and older for a stronger, sharper taste.
The small white flowers are also edible. They have a sharp spicy flavor, similar to the greens, and make a lovely garnish.
Fresh greens can keep for up to 10 days in the refrigerator. Store leaves wrapped in cloth or paper towel in a perforated plastic bag, and place in the crisper drawer.
You can also try freezing the greens in ice cube trays. Just wash, chop, place in trays, cover with olive oil and then freeze. Leave a little bit of headroom in each cube for expansion. You can thaw and use cubes in sautés, soups, and egg scrambles during the winter.
Photo by Raquel Smith via Foodal.
Or you can go with my favorite method way of preserving arugula and make a zesty arugula pesto (find the recipe on Foodal.com)! Try mixing with young carrot tops for added flavor and sweetness.
Quick Reference Growing Chart
|Plant Type:||Self seeding annual||Tolerance:||Various soil types|
|Native to:||Mediterranean, naturalized worldwide||Growth Rate:||Fastest in cool weather|
|Hardiness (USDA Zone):||3-11||Maintenance:||Low|
|Season:||Spring and fall||Soil Type:||All|
|Exposure:||Full sun to part shade||Soil pH:||6.0-7.0|
|Time to Maturity:||40 days||Soil Drainage:||Well-draining|
|Spacing:||3-4 inches||Companion Planting:||Bush beans, carrots, onions, potatoes, spinach, other salad greens|
|Planting Depth:||1/4 inch||Avoid Planting With:||Other plants in the Brassicaceae family to avoid sharing pests and diseases|
|Water Needs:||Keep soil consistently moist||Species:||vesicaria|
|Common Pests:||Flea beetles, cabbage loopers, root nematodes, slugs, birds||Common Disease:||Downy mildew, leaf blight|
Recipes and Cooking Ideas
Arugula is a perfect addition to any dish that could benefit from added freshness and a hint of spiciness. Wonderful in salads and sandwiches, these flavorful greens are also amazing in stir fries, soups, and egg dishes such as quiche.
I love throwing liberal handfuls on top of homemade pizza just before it has finished cooking. The greens wilt slightly and add a delicious sharpness to the pie.
Arugula Dijon Salad with Figs, Pistachios, and Pea Shoots
This flavorful spring salad with arugula, pea shoots, figs, pistachios. will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for a day in the garden.
Photo by Meghan Yager.
The dressing is a simple but tasty affair: it is just a blend of lemon juice, a dash of honey, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and a dash of sea salt.
Refreshing Summer Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette
This sounds like a funky combination, right? Chocolate on a veggie salad? But it’s surprisingly good.
Photo by Meghan Yager.
The base greens are made with arugula leaves to which are added sliced gala apples, chunks of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and thinly sliced toasted walnuts.
The chocolate balsamic dressing finishes it off creating a light salad that is the perfect combo of fruity, sweet, and savory flavors.
Potato and Chanterelle Soup with Fresh Arugula Pesto
This hearty vegan soup can be made in just 30-minutes. Chanterelle mushrooms and potatoes provide some heft and the arugula pesto added on top brings in a spicy, fresh flavoring.
Photo by Raquel Smith.
Vegans and carnivores will both love this tasty dish during the cooler months of fall and early spring.
Grow Your Own Salad
Growing arugula is a no-brainer. All you really have to do is sprinkle some seeds, wait a few weeks, and voila, now you have a salad in your garden!
If you are anything like me, just scrolling down this page will make your mouth water for a big zesty bowl of fresh rocket. So if you will excuse me, I am off to the garden to pick out a few leaves!
What do you love most about arugula? Tell us your experience in the comments below.
And if you are looking for other cool weather crops, some of these growing guides may be of interest:
- 7 Hardy Salad Greens for Winter Gardens
- A Flavor You’ve Come to Love: How to Grow Brussels Sprouts
- How to Plant and Grow Cabbage: A Fall and Spring Staple Crop
- Harvest Hearty Greens from the Garden: How to Grow Kale
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