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Arugula, Rocket (Roquette)

Short Description

Zesty accent in salads.

Full Description

Tender smooth leaves with robust, peppery flavor. Cook mature leaves with other greens. GARDEN HINTS: Grows best in cool weather. Can also be grown as a fall crop. Sow early in spring. Protect from heat with shade cloth. Likes fertile soil, ample water. Best when picked minutes before your meal. Thin plants 8" apart. 500 seeds per packet, will plant about 30 ft. of row. Grows best in full sun, will tolerate light shade.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

35 days

Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

4 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-14 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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How to Sow

  • For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather.
  • Sow in average soil in a sunny to partially shady area as soon as the ground can be worked.
  • In rows 15 inches apart, sow seeds evenly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil. Firm and water gently.
  • Seedings emerge in 7-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Arugula also grows well in containers. Use a commercial potting mix rather than garden soil.
  • Thin gradually to stand 6 inches apart starting when seedings are about 3 inches high.
  • Sow again in late summer in a protected area when the temperature is below 75°F.

How to Grow

  • Protect spring plantings with floating row covers to keep flea beetles away.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that depvers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the fopage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and preserving Tips

  • Tender young leaves have a robust flavor, they should be ready to use about 30-35 days after sowing.
  • To harvest, pick off the outside leaves at the base of the plant. Leave center intact for future harvesting. Younger leaves, 2-3 inches long, taste best.
  • You can also harvest whole plants by cutting off just below the crown.
  • Stop picking once plants flower as the leaves will become bitter-tasting. Flowers are also edible.
  • Wrap the leaves in a clean, wet tea towel, or damp paper towel and place in a perforated plastic bag and refrigerate.
  • Arugula is best when consumed within a 3-6 days of harvest if possible.
Days To Maturity
35 days
Leaf Texture
Full Sun
4 inches
12-14 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
6 inches
Life Cycle
Arugula, Rocket (Roquette) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rocket Sowed 10 days ago, not germinated yet. Spinach and radishes up and doing fine. I have them under a cover.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific spicy (peppery) addition to a salad Germinates quickly and reliably. Plant early, mid, late. Once arugula starts to flower and go to seed, trim flower stems to encourage more leaf growth. That is also the time to plant a new row. Very tolerant of cool weather. I've harvested arugula into December near Boston, obviously not every year.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Choice This is my favorite arugula. I've planted it several seasons. It grows quickly and does fine in a shady, moist area of my garden with very little sun. Grows well in the spring as well as the fall and even made it through a couple of mild winters when covered with leaves. It's best to use it in salads when the leaves are smaller as it gets stronger and can be bitter if the leaves get too large. If it gets like that, I blanch and freeze it to add to soups and stir-fries. When it flowers, I snip them off. My spring crop lasts me until I replant for fall harvest.
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wrong arugula!!! The seeds I planted gave me wild arugula, rather than the Rocket that I thought I had purchased. Totally unhappy.
Date published: 2012-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good salad vegetable planted seed last fall in my salad bed and again this spring. seed sprouted and grew beautifully! My wife loves this addition to our salads. I've noticed that as long as you pick regularly you can stave off bolting until June in our area. I found that leaves are still tasty even when in flower and I just pick off the flower stalks. I have already ordered seed for this fall and can't wait!
Date published: 2011-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best It germinated so fast, within days of planting...planted after last frost, was ready to harvest in less than a month. Nice large zesty leaves. Tastes great to eat raw alone, with sandwiches, or salads. Easy to grow .
Date published: 2011-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Peppery Accent To All Your Salads!! I grow this every year and we use it throughout the summer and well into the fall. I won't even eat a mixed greens salad that doesn't have Arugula in it now, I love it that much! This is also a great salad green with grilled marinated flank steak or chicken breast, cherry tomatoes, sweet valdalia onions, roasted italian peppers, etc. with the vinagrette of your choice. It grows well in moist but well drained soil which is well cultivated and a hit of miracle gro liqua-feed through your garden hose every two or three weeks really sets it into overdrive! You will have more arugula than you'll know what to do with! Dust it with Sevin dust every few weeks to thwart cutworms, hookworms and pepper with Ortho Bug-getta pellets if slugs become a nuisance.
Date published: 2010-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stuff We like arugula so much, I have it in pots by the back door so we can easily pick it to add to sandwiches. Also excellent mixed in a lettuce salad. It does get quite peppery and rank when the weather is hot. Germinates very easily.
Date published: 2009-12-11
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