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Arugula Grown from Potted Plants

Bonnie PlantsArugula Grown from Potted Plants


Long popular in France and Italy, the leaves of arugula provide a spicy zap when added to a salad. You can also sauté or steam them like spinach or other leafy greens. Plants look a little like a dandelion, but more open. Leaves grow best in cool weather. Leafy plants grow 6 to 12 inches tall while in the harvest stage. Once they bolt in late spring or early summer, the bloom stalks may grow 24 to 36 inches with white flowers on top, which signals that it is time to make room for warm-weather crops. However, some gardeners continue to harvest the leaves even from the tall plants, liking the stronger taste. You can even cut them back and pick some more until you finally tire of that and then pull them up and wait until fall to plant again.

Planting Tips

Arugula grows fast. Set plants in the sunny garden in early spring for spring harvest or late summer for fall harvest. Plants prefer the cooler days of spring or fall. Like any leafy green, arugula requires a rich soil to make its best growth. Before planting, add compost to the soil

Typecool season, frost-hardy vegetable
Categoriesvegetable fruit or berry, cool season vegetable
Lightfull sun
Soilfertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5 to 6.8
Height6 to 12 inches
Spacing12 to 18 inches
FertilizerBefore planting, add compost to the soil. Then apply a timed-release fertilizer at the rate directed on the label for lettuce or other leafy greens, or fertilze with Bonnie's Herb and Vegetable Plant Food.
DiagnosisWhen flowering begins in late spring or early summer, the flavor becomes more intense. At some point it may be stronger than you like, which means its time to take it out and wait for the next cool season to plant (early spring or fall).
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