Gourmet greens that thrive in cool weather
These gourmet greens thrives in cool weather. It will be one of the first greens of spring if left in the garden to reseed. Arugula's oak leaf-shaped leaves grow in a loose bunch and taste peppery. The edible flowers make an attractive garnish and add lots of flavor.Brassicaceae Eruca sativa
Arugula has been in and out of fashion since Roman times. It is now fashionable again and is commonly found in commercially grown salad mixes. It has a strong and distinctive flavor people tend to either love or hate.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 35-50 (Spring/Summer), 35-50 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Arugula is very hardy and can withstand frost.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Fall, Winter
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm
Arugula prefers rich, moist soil and cooler temperatures but can withstand a variety of different climates. Hot weather causes quick bolting, so it's best to plant in fall or early spring in warmer climates.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 75°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Arugula germinates well in cool (45˚F) soil and will continue to do so until it gets up to 75˚F. At higher temperatures germination gets erratic.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool)
In cool weather the plants will need full sun for most rapid growth.
These fast-growing plants must have all of the water they need for rapid growth. It is important that the soil is kept moist at all times.
These greens grow quickly and for best growth and flavor they should have all of the nutrients readily available, which means the soil needs to be fairly fertile. Their main requirement is nitrogen, but they also need moderate amounts of potassium and phosphorus.
- Tolerates light frost, Needs summer shade
- Small Gardens?
Arugula is very well suited for container growing. Choose a container that has a minimum depth of 4". Make sure that your container has at least one drainage hole. Fill with a mixture of potting soil and compost and water thoroughly. Place in full sun. Make sure to keep the soil consistently moist.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Tangy, almost spicy flavor.