Plant Care Dame's Rocket

Dame's Rocket

About Dame's Rocket

Dames' Rocket is often mistaken for a native wildflower. It is a biennial perennial with foliage only for the first year before blooming in the second year. It will grow well in average, well-drained soil in full or partial sun. Matronalis blooms in early spring around March 1st.


Hesperis matronalis

Also known as


How to care for Dame's Rocket


How often to water your Dame's Rocket

Water needs for Dame's Rocket
0.5 cups
every 9

Dame's Rocket needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Jose, California.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dame's Rocket

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Dame's Rocket in San Jose, California

San Jose, California

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Growing Dame's Rocket in San Jose right now

Light needs for plant Dame's Rocket in San Jose, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 23rd, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Jose is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determin…

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Light needs for plant Dame's Rocket in San Jose, California

Sunlight will increase by 32.2% ☀️

January 29th, 2023

San Jose is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Jose is expected to increase by 32.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.0 megajoules of energy per m2…

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Finding light for Dame's Rocket in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dame's Rocket: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dame's Rocket love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Jose, California ⛅.

Dame's Rocket does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Dame's Rocket

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dame's Rocket: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dame's Rocket after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Dame's Rocket

Nutrient needs for plant Dame's Rocket in San Jose, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 23rd, 2023

The growing potential in San Jose is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repo…

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Difficulty Level

Dame's Rocket can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Dame's Rocket

Dame's Rocket

Dame's Rocket

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in San Jose, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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