Arugula has a bold flavor that provides a nice kick to a wide range of dishes. This is the standard variety, also known as Roquette or Rocket. It produces long, dark leaves that are have multiple lobes along the length of each stem. Arugula grows best in cool-weather seasons and can be planted in early spring or fall once temperatures cool. It is self-sowing and will replant itself if allowed to bolt in late spring or early summer. This green is known for an easy germination and bountiful production. Cut smaller for milder flavor, or allow to get larger for a more zesty product. Plants will continue to grow when cut, providing multiple harvests throughout the growing season. Arugula is a great addition to any salad or sandwich, but is also great when cooked in stir fries or as a pizza topping.
Arugula may be direct-seeded or transplanted, depending on the desired harvest. If smaller leaves are desired, direct seed with a walk-behind seeder and plant densely in a 2-3′ bed. Harvest with a sharp knife once leaves have grown to the desired size. New leaves will continue to emerge for repeat harvests throughout the growing season. If larger bunches and leaves are desired, transplanting might be the best option. We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Red Mustard transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.
Arugula Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed or transplant
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: dense or 12″
Row Spacing: dense or 3″
Days to Maturity: 21
Disease Tolerance: None