When To Plant Arugula

Same old cool-weather leafy greens can get boring, so switch things up and learn when to plant arugula to add a kick to your garden and diet. 

What’s Arugula And Where Does It Come From

Arugula is a Mediterranean leafy green from the mustard family. It’s closely related to cauliflower, broccoli, and brussels sprouts but doesn’t yield fruit.

You can grow arugula from seeds or get small roots from a nursery. The seeds need approximately 40 days to grow into a plant. The correct time, however, depends on the weather conditions. Nursery plants produce edible leaves in 10 days.

How and Where To Plant Arugula For Best Results

Arugula: When To Plant This Hearty Green

You need to plant arugula in late summer, early fall, or early spring. 

You can harvest arugula when the leaves get at least 3 inches long. But don’t wait until they’re over 6 inches. 

When To Harvest Arugula

In warmer weather and prolonged sun exposure, arugula starts to bolt. This results in the appearance of flowers on the crown of the plant. 

Arugula Flower At End Of Season

Arugula packs many health benefits in a single leaf, and it’s pretty easy to add to your diet. Here’s what you can gain from a single bowl or arugula salad daily: Calcium – a vital supplement that’s hard to find in a plant. It helps keep your bones and teeth healthy and strong. Vitamin C – you can never have enough of this immune-boosting vitamin. Potassium - the supplement responsible ...

Health Benefits Of Arugula

If you’re taking a blood-thinning medicine, you might want to control your arugula portions. Too much vitamin K (which is abundant in arugula) can suppress the medicine’s work.

Can Arugula Be Bad For You?

Arugula is best consumed fresh in salads, sandwiches, as a side or over already baked pizza. If you find the taste overwhelming you can chop it and sprinkle it over your favorite salad. If you’re willing to experiment, make arugula pesto.

How To Prepare Arugula

Arugula is a hearty green from the mustard family that needs cool weather. Plant it after the last frost in spring, and you’ll get a fully grown plant in a month. In summer, wait until the temperatures drop to 65℉ or below and sow your seeds.


When To Plant Arugula