- Category: Herb
- Type: Arugula
- Variety: Common
- Family: Brassica
- Botanical Name: Eruca Vesicaria Sativa
- Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
- Growing Difficulty: 2
- Soil PH: 6.0 – 7.0
- Fertilizer Requirements: None
- Soil Type: Moist, Well Draining
- Germination (days): 7 – 10
- Soil Temp for Germination: 40 – 55°F
- Lighting Conditions: Full Sun
- Days to Maturity: 30 – 50
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Distance Apart (in row): 1-6”
- Row Spacing: 30-36”
Arugula Sowing Instructions
DIRECT SOW 2 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
Starting Arugula Indoors
8-12 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST
Arugula Growing Tips
It is usually a good practice to start Arugula plants closer together, thin the weakest plants and allow the strongest to thrive. Use the thinned plants as your earliest harvest in salads or as a garnish.
If growing in heat of summer, plant in part shade or use a shade cloth to delay bolting. It is also wise to keep Arugula very well-watered, as it tends to have a shallow root system that is susceptible to drying out.
Culinary Uses of Arugula
Commonly used in salads or on sandwiches.
Arugula Medicinal Uses
Arugula was used as an aphrodisiac by both the Romans and Egyptians. The oil produced by pressing the seeds (Taramina oil) is still widely used today. Such uses include hair growth serums, dandruff control, lice and parasite treatment, as well as a topical anti-inflammatory.
Harvest Arugula continuously for a long lasting and nutritious plant. Cut leaves when they are 2 - 4 inches and leave the center of the plant in-tact. It will continue producing and increase your yield per plant.
Allow the Arugula to bolt and start producing seed heads. Once the seed heads have matured and the plant is no longer growing, cut the seed head stalks and dry until seeds become too hard to dent with your fingernail.
Store in a cool dry place until next season.
(Tip: Most Arugula seed will remain viable for six years, even more if you are using proper storage methods)