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
Deer Resistant: No
Latin Name: Eruca Sativa
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
Popular Garden Herb
Arugula is a commonly grown leafy green that can be used for a variety of culinary purposes. It can be a more nutritious alternative to lettuce, and arugula flowers can also be used to garnish meals.
Excellent Salad Green
How To Grow
Arugula seeds are best sown directly outdoors. These seeds germinate quickly, even in cold soil, so they should be sown in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Sow seeds in prepared rows at a rate of one seed every inch. Space the rows 8-10 inches apart. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 9-12 inches apart. To harvest, simply pick the young leaves, and the plant will continue producing new leaves for months. Older leaves are a bit tougher and spicier. Once the weather grows hot, arugula will grow spicier when grown in full sun.
- Environment: full sun to partial shade
- Germ time: 5-10 days
- Moisture: keep moist until germination
Arugula is an annual garden herb that grows in USDA zones 3 through 9. It is very low in calories and is high in both Vitamin C and Vitamin A. These leaves are quite popular in salads and other dishes!
- Bloom color: white
- Bloom season: spring through summer
- Height: 4-10 inches