Arugula Growing Guide

Eruca vesicaria


Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Fertile, well drained soil that holds moisture well.


Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes, tolerates light frosts and moderate freezes.


Not generally required.


Single Plants: 5" (15cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 3" (10cm) with 7" (20cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow directly in the soil in early spring, or start indoors and set out seedlings. Arugula also makes a fine fall crop, and plants often survive winter with a protective mulch.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


An easy salad crop that doubles as a cooked green. Flower buds are also edible. Hot weather causes leaves to become very strongly flavored.


Harvest young leaves as you need them for cooking. The flower buds and flower petals also are edible.


Flea beetles sometimes make small holes in leaves.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Arugula