How to Grow Arugula Greens
Arugula plants are a leafy green vegetable. This cool weather crop, is a
member of the mustard family and is grown like mustard or lettuce. Arugula
is native to Asia and the Mediterranean.
The robust, peppery flavor of Arugula ads zest to salads. It can be sauteed
or cooked like spinach. It is also good in soups, pastas and pestos.
Other Names: Arugula, is also known as Roquette, Rocket, Garden Rocket,
Rucola, Rugola, and Rocket Salad.
Sowing Arugula Seeds:
Arugula is grown from seed. Directly sow seeds your vegetable garden
early in the season. Cover seeds lightly with 1/8" or less of fine garden
or seed starting soil. Seeds will sprout in 3-10 days. Seeds sprout in cool
soil at 40 to 55 degrees.
After seedlings have sprouted, thin to two inches apart, in rows 12" - 18"
Succession planting will result in continuous
greens. Sow small rows of seeds every two weeks.
Days to Maturity: 40 days
How to Grow Arugula Greens:
Arugula plants are easy to grow. Grow in full sun to partial shade.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 - 6.8
For best results, grow Arugula quickly during cool weather, in moist, fertile
soil. It gets the name "Rocket" for its speedy growth under these conditions.
The soil should be rich, and drain well. Mix compost into the soil, prior
to planting. Add fertilizer when planting.
Weed around plants frequently.
Plants thrive in cool wether. Plant crops for spring and fall. For a continuous
harvest during this period, plant succession crops.
Arugula will withstand light frosts.
Temperatures - Ideal germination temperature by vegetable
Ideal Soil pH -
Arugula is ready to harvest in 40 days. For maximum taste, pick when
leaves are 6" in height.
Eat fresh or cooked like spinach.
Tip: Try Arugula sprouts.
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease problems are uncommon with this plant.
Arugula with Nutmeg