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Arugula seeds are the small, oval-shaped seeds of the arugula plant (Eruca sativa), also known as rocket or rucola. Arugula seeds are relatively easy to grow and can be planted directly in the ground, in a raised bed or in a container.

Arugula seeds can be sown directly into the garden in the spring or fall. They prefer well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade. Arugula seeds should be planted about 1/4 inch deep and spaced 2 to 3 inches apart. The seeds typically take about 5 to 10 days to germinate.

Once the arugula seedlings emerge, they should be watered deeply once a week, or more often during hot, dry weather. Arugula plants prefer consistently moist soil, so it's important to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.

Arugula seeds do not require heavy fertilization, but a balanced fertilizer can be applied in early spring to encourage growth. Mulching around the base of the plants with organic matter, such as compost or straw, can help retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth.

Arugula leaves can be harvested as soon as they reach 2 to 3 inches in length. You can either harvest the entire plant or just the outer leaves. Arugula is best used fresh in salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. It is also delicious when added to pasta dishes, soups, and stews.

Arugula seeds can be stored in a cool, dry place in an airtight container for up to 3 years. When purchasing arugula seeds, it's important to choose high-quality, fresh seeds to ensure optimal germination and growth.

Herb Specifications

  • Season: Annual
  • 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

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 45 - 70F
  • Average Germ Time: 5 - 10 days
  • Light Required: Yes
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch
  • Moisture: Keep moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: Rows 8 - 10 inches a part

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The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have and before beginning any herbal regimen.