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Sweet Rocket - Alba


Sale price$9.00

Ships from Monday the 10th June.


Airy productive spires of sweetly scented flowers. It is often in flower throughout most of the year once it gets settled in!

Will self seed so plant where you can leave it do it's thing and it'll always come back year after year.  

Please note, we have a minimum plant order of 5 plants (you can mix & match any plants to meet the minimum).

Our plant boxes can fit up to 10 plants per box.

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Hesperis matronalis

Plant Type: Biennial

Ideal Location: Partial Shade / Full Sun

Spacing: 35–45cm

Height: 50cm+

Sweet Rocket can technically be grown as a perennial, biennial & annual depending on your preference. They are biennial in the sense they are so much bigger and more floriforous after growing through a winter. They do flower in their first year so can be grown as an annual if you rip them out after flowering. And then in our climate at least they have stuck around for a few years now, so can be left to be a perennial (and a self sown perennial at that).

A Note on Hardening Off

All our plants are grown as we would grow & plant ourselves, which means we typically do not harden off (acclimatise) any of our smaller plants before planting.

Instead, after planting, we always cover all our plants with some sort of frost/mikroclima type cloth over wire low hoops. We leave this cover on till the plants are too big for the cover (usually a couple months later). We have found this extra layer of prolonged cover does away with any need to faff around hardening off plants, and the difference between any plants under these low hoops and those with zero transitionary cover is astonishing!

Prior to planting we also always give our plants a very good soak in water with a swig of seaweed solution and innoculate our plants with beneficial microorganisms. This helps alleviate stress, and start all our plants off with the best possible beginnings.

If however you don't / can't plant under some similar sort of cover, then we do definitely recommend you give your plants 5–14 days to slowly acclimatise to your less protected environment before planting out. We are reasonably mild compared to more southern growers, so easing the plants into colder climates is definitely advised.

Cloth: Polynet / Redpath
Hoops: 4mm Fencing Wire (which we cut up to fit our beds, with bolt cutters as fencing pliers are waaay too hard on our hands!)