Also known as “rocket” or “roquette,” arugula is a fast-growing, cool-season salad green that adds a tangy, mustard-like flavor to pizzas, pastas, soups, and salads.
Preparing for your journey
- Collect yourself. Bring your kit into focus and familiarize yourself with its contents.
- Pick a good location. Arugula will grow best in cool weather. When planting during the cold months of late November to February, place them in a spot with full sunlight. When planting in the summer, keep them partial shade, especially in the afternoon.
- If you’re planning on cooking with these plants, plant them in clean soil, use organic fertilizers, don’t use insecticides, and grow them away from driveways and busy streets so that exhaust won’t settle on the plants.
How to plant arugula
- Sow the seeds. Lay the seeds on the soil bed and cover. Plant at least 5-8 seeds about ¼-inch deep into a single pot.
- Keep it moist. Leaving the pot completely open will allow to much heat to enter and moisture to escape, causing fewer seeds or no seeds to germinate. To prevent this, use a clear plastic bag or wrap, spray the inside with water, and use it to cover the pot. Secure it with a rubber band so the seeds can properly germinate. When your seeds germinate, remove the plastic bag.
- Our Signature Potting Mix is designed to retain moisture, but you must still water your plant at least twice a day. During the dry seasons, you may water your plant freely.
- Make sure the water reaches the roots! Place a tray or saucer under your pot so you can water your plant without spillage.
- Thin your seedlings. Give each plant room to grow. Remove plants that are growing too close together, leaving one plant left to grow in a single pot. You may discard the others or you may transplant them to another pot. Note that transplanting them may damage the roots of the plant, lowering its survival rate.
- Only perform thinning after the emergence of true leaves (the 4th leaf).
- Trim your plant. Once the stems reach 6 inches in length, it is ready to be harvested. Cut up to 2/3 of the leaves each week, as this will encourage the plant to keep growing.
- If flowers buds grow, remove them. They create a hormone change that will reduce the flavor of the leaves. This is called bolting.
- Transplant. When your plant reaches 6 inches, you may transfer it to a bigger pot to allow its roots to fully develop.
Feeding your arugula
- Fertilize your plant. Fertilizers help your plant fight harmful pathogens and become its best self. When your arugula seeds germinate or sprout in about 5-8 days, use Morning Miracle and Bloom Serum.
- Bury 1 Morning Miracle caplet in the soil close to your seedlings twice a week. Be careful not to destroy their roots.
- Apply 5 drops of Bloom Serum on your plant twice a week. You may drop the serum on the leaves and flowers to ensure healthy growth.
- Water your plant generously after dosages of Morning Miracle and Bloom Serum. Our signature fertilizers are highly concentrated!
Tip: Our signature plant food are rich with live micro-organisms. Store them in a cool dark, and dry area. Read more about our signature plant food here!
How to harvest arugula
- Harvest arugula when the leaves are big enough to eat. Harvest leaves one at a time cut-and-come-again or cut away the entire head. Arugula is a fast-growing cool-season salad green. It is ready for harvest 30 to 40 days after sowing.
How to store arugula
- Wrap leaves in a cloth or paper towel and place them in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable crisper section of the refrigerator. Arugula will keep in the refrigerator for about 10 days but it will be most flavorful in used in 3 to 6 days. Arugula leaves that are stored too cold or too long will develop wilt, yellow, and develop brown spots.
The journey of planting is best enjoyed with others. Teach your family and friends. Let them taste your harvest.