Arugula is a wildly popular salad green variety, famed for its broad taste profile and many pairings. Young arugula is mild and sweet and more mature greens offer a spicier pepper-mustard taste.
Our current arugula varieties:
Traditional Arugula: Mild and succulent baby greens mature into nutty, deeply-lobed leaves. Perfect pizza topper and salad green. Fast growing and tolerant of cooler temperatures.
Wasabi Arugula: Our favorite funky variety with spoon-shaped leaves. As the name implies it creates an explosion of spice and is fantastic in salads, vegetarian sushi, or seafood.
How to grow arugula from seed:
If planting with a Seedsheet, simply register your Seedsheet and follow the how to plant tutorial that our notification system will message you!
If planting conventionally, start seeds directly in your garden by sowing approximately ½” deep. Water gently daily with a fine misting nozzle to ensure the soil remains moist. You should see sprouts in 3-7 days.
During the germination phase make sure that the soil around the seeds is consistently moist, as seeds need to be in constant contact with moisture to develop into sprouts.
Arugula, like most salad green varieties, can thrive in partially shady and cool temperatures. Due to their extremely fast germination and growth to maturity, arugula is a great early and late season plant.
Arugula should receive at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. If the plants become “leggy” (very tall and spindly with limited leaf development) then they should be moved to a sunnier location.
Pro tip: Arugula grows well with the following companion plants: Beans, Carrots, Cutting Celery, Cucumber, Dill, Lettuce, Nasturtium, Green Onions, Spinach, and Thyme
How to care for arugula:
Once arugula sprouts it is important to add water gently towards the base of the plant because seedling stems are initially very weak and can be easily snapped and broken if watered too forcibly from above.
Because arugula is a salad green, there is no need to thin the plants down, as the goal is to create a dense bush of delicious leafy greens for harvesting.
Avoid growing arugula in the heat of the summer, as hot weather will cause the plants to “bolt” and quickly produce flowers and seeds instead of delicious leaves. If it is particularly hot while growing, provide a midday sunshade to extend the production of arugula.
As the plants mature, you can transition to watering from above, however, we still recommend watering with a gardening can or hose with a fine misting nozzle.
Pro tip: Water in the mornings or evenings so as to avoid leaving water on the foliage during the heat of the day which can cause the leaves to burn.
Salad greens like arugula can benefit from a foliar fertilizer (fertilizer that is formulated to provide the nutrients necessary for leaves to grow quickly and large). It is important to add fertilizer per the recommendations on the fertilizer package.
How to harvest and use arugula:
Arugula, like most salad greens and leafy herbs (like cilantro and dill), has a central cluster where stems continually grow outwards and develop new leaves. It can be harvested with a pair of scissors by gently clipping the stems of the larger, most mature, outside leaves of the cluster, as close to base as possible.If you harvest just ⅓ of an arugula plant at a time, the remaining plant will continue to photosynthesize, absorb nutrients, and new leaves and stems will grow out of the central cluster. By frequently harvesting an arugula plant you will promote new leaf growth, and as long as the plant still has access to nutrients and sunlight, it will continue to grow additional harvests!Recipe inspiration:Depending on the variety and maturity of the plant when you harvest it, arugula can have a wide taste profile from mild and nutty to spicy and peppery. This lends itself well to everything from salads and sandwiches, to pizza and flatbread topping.A few of our favorite arugula recipes: