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How to Grow and Care for a Searocket

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Cakile edentula, commonly known as American Searocket, is a succulent plant, most commonly found on the beaches and dunes of North America. More commonly, it is found on the East coast of the United States. It is most likely to be found in areas along the coastline.

Searocket is a member of the Mustard family and it is related to broccoli, cabbage and Brussel sprouts. Searocket provides potassium, calcium and a range of B vitamins, as well as beta-carotene and fiber. All plant parts are edible.

Searocket is large and spreading, with rocket-shaped seed pods, although the name comes from an old synonym for plants of the Mustard family. During the winter, leaves are leafy, but in summer heat, the Searocket takes on a strange, fleshy, almost alien-like form.

Growing Conditions and General Care

Searocket grows and exists in the sandy soil closer to the ocean than the beach grass. Growing Searocket actually prefers sandy conditions. As a succulent, the plant holds water, making growing Searocket even easier.

When growing Searocket, don’t include it as part of a vegetable garden. Companions for Searocket cultivation must be of the same family. If the Searockets detect roots of other type plants close to it, an “allelopathic” action occurs. Searocket releases a substance into the root zone that stunts or otherwise deters plants of other types.

Searocket puts a long taproot into the soil and does not like to be moved. Start it from the double jointed seed pods when they appear on the plant and mature, following the small purple blooms. This taproot makes the plant an excellent choice to hold and stabilize sandy soils that may be eroding.

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