Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
ERUCA vesicaria ssp. sativa
Arugula, Garden Rocket, Jamba, Rocketsalad
Long cultivated for its piquant leaves, arugula is a cool-season annual from the Mediterranean region. In spring and early summer it produces upright rosettes of lobed oblong leaves that make a sophisticated and zesty addition to salads. Later in the season it sends up a tall central stem topped with clusters of creamy-white flowers that are also edible. Plants will reseed unless flower stems are promptly removed. The variety sativa is the form usually grown.
Sow arugula as soon as the ground is workable in spring, or start indoors in pots in late winter. Give plants sun and well drained soil. Thin plants as necessary. Begin harvesting leaves three to six weeks after sowing. Leaves have their best flavor when young, becoming overly pungent as they mature. Plant a second crop in late summer for autumn harvest. This green makes an excellent addition to the herb or vegetable garden. In regions with hot, humid summers, consider planting arugula in autumn or winter when there is no frost.
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A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
8"-40" / 20.3cm - 101.6cm
3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm
Herb / Vegetable
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