Arugula

  • Sun: Full sun/part shade
  • Harvest Size: Tender leaves 6 to 8 inches long
  • Days to Harvest: 10 to 45
  • Plant Size: 6 to 12 inches tall, 2 to 3 feet after bolting

Easy-to-grow, vitamin-rich arugula spices up salads with peppery flavor. This variety has broader leaves than some, so it offers a healthy-sized harvest. A frost-hardy green, arugula is perfect for cool-weather containers, including window boxes.

Plant spacing: 12 to 18 inches apart in rows, or 6 inches apart in intensive gardens or containers. Plants per person: 3 to 4.

Secrets to Success »

Plant early in spring and again in fall. Fertilize with a liquid plant food to encourage lots of new leaves for harvest.

Harvest and Use »

Begin harvesting as soon as leaves are long enough to pick. The young leaves offer mild flavor, while larger, older leaves pack a stronger, mustardy punch. In late spring or early summer, the plants will get tall and flower; use the edible blooms to perk up salads. You can also sauté or steam arugula like other greens.

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More Photos »

Arugula

Edible arugula blooms appear in summer and are pretty on salads.

Arugula

A row of arugula promises lots of salads.

Arugula

The taller arugula gets, the more peppery the taste.

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