USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Height: 4 - 10
Bloom Season: Spring and summer
Bloom Color: White
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Evenly moist, pH 6 - 6.8
Temperature: 45 - 70F
Average Germ Time: 5 - 10 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/4 inch
Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: Rows 8 - 10 inches a part
Arugula (Eruca Sativa) - Grow Arugula seeds for a rich, peppery tasting leafy green that makes excellent salads. The Arugula herb is also known as rocket, salad rocket, roquette, rugula, and rucola. Roquette Arugula is generally used raw in salads, but also cooked as a vegetable with pastas or meats for a delicious taste like spinach. Four-petaled, white, purple-veined flowers top its flower stalks. Sow these herb seeds and enjoy a harvest 40 days later!
Arugula performs best in spring to early summer. After that time, plant it under the shade of an airy tree (not dense shade), or under shade cloth. It is not fussy at all, although too much drought and summer heat will cause the leaves to be smaller and more peppery.
How To Grow Arugula From Herb Seeds: Sow Arugula seeds directly outdoors. These herb seeds germinate quickly even in cold soil, so sow roquette herb seeds as soon as soil can be worked in spring. After the seedlings are large enough to handle, you will want to thin them out to 9 - 12 inches apart. To harvest simply pick the young leaves and the plant will keep generating new ones for months. Older leaves are a bit tougher and hotter. The flowers are small, white with dark centers and can be used in the salad for a light piquant flavor.
As the flower buds appear pinch them out to prolong growing season. Eruca Sativa herb plants are very low in calories (only about 2 calories per 1/2 cup) and very high in Vitamins A and C. To store Arugula rinse the leaves in cool water and dry on paper toweling. Wrap leaves tightly in plastic or a zip lock bag. Best if used within two days.
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Approximate Arugula Herb Seeds Per Ounce: 14,000