Flea Beetle

Question ...

I'm trying to grow rocket from seed, they sprout very easily but little bugs are completely devouring the leaves. Can you help?

Answer ...

Flea beetles are often a problem on rocket, particularly in dry weather. These are small, shiny, black beetles around 3mm long, which jump when disturbed. If plants are well watered you should be fine. Alternatively, cover the crop with horticultural fleece or ultra-fine mesh netting (0.8mm mesh) immediately after sowing. This may need to be kept in place throughout the growing period and until the crop is harvested.

Garden Organic members can see our Flea Beetle factsheet for more information. This factsheet includes prevention and control information, including Lawrence Hill's flea beetle trolley

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