Growing Arugula Herb Seed

  • Days to Maturity: Annual, 43
  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Planting Depth: 1/4"
  • Plant Spacing: 6-12"
  • Growth Habit: Upright
  • Soil Preference: Rich, moist soil
  • Temp Preference: Cool
  • Light Preference: Full sun
  • Color: Green
  • Flavor: Strong green yet spicy flavor. Peppery and buttery

Sowing and Growing

Arugula has a quick germination. In warmer climates, such as zones 8 and above, you should plant in the fall rather than in the spring. You can start Arugula in your garden about 1 to 2 weeks before your last frost date. If you sow a row or section every 2 to 3 weeks you can get a continuous crop. These seeds can be dispersed evenly to create a bed of tender leaves.


Arugula is a cut-and-come again plant, meaning you can harvest as leaves mature. Grow in cool weather and keep the soil moist for the best flavored greens. Stop harvesting the leaves once the plant flowers or they will become bitter-tasting. If arugula becomes wiltly after harvest, submerge in lukewarm water for 60 seconds, then submerge in ice water. Arugula will crispen after that.

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