- Seed Storage Tips:
Arugula is a popular leafy green used in salads, on pizzas, in soups and more. We recommend all new gardeners to grow arugula as it quickly rewards with harvests in a mere 3 to 4 weeks. This particular arugula seed has adapted to grow in a hydroponic system which will mean a stronger and healthier plant if you grow it in hydroponic, aeroponic, or aquaponic system like the Tower Garden FLEX. This arugula plant can be grown indoors under grow lights or outdoors during the cool season (nights above 40ºF and daytime temps between 60ºF and 70ºF ideal) for optimum growth.
Arugula is known be different names depending on where you are located in the world: salad rocket, garden rocket, rucola, roquette, and colewort. Arugula has the genus Eruca and is in the Brassicaceae family, so it is closely related to radish, kale, and cauliflower. It's leaves are tender and small, but has a slight peppery, spicy flavor of the radish in the background.
If you're adding this raw to salads, we recommend that you start harvesting outer leaves when your arugula is around four weeks and leave the center leaves to continue to grow. Continue to harvest weekly in the same manner as the plant continues to grow. Some treat this plant like other greens and allow it to reach maturity before harvesting and then complain that it is too bitter or too spicy. The key is to harvest younger leaves and you'll be richly rewarded with a continuous harvest and tasty salads. This is a green you want to grow and add to your dishes!
• Arugula | Eruca vesicaria
• Hydroponic-Adapted Seed: Recommended for Hydroponic | Aeroponic | Aquaponic growing conditions
• Grown using organic growing practices on our farm
• Hydroponic Growers: Plant 2 seeds p/ 1.5” rock wool cube
• Grow outside, full sun, during the cool season (mid-60ºF to mid-70ºF ideal, nightly temps above 55ºF) May begin to bolt (go to seed) when temps go above 85ºF
• Can be grown inside under grow lights
• Seed has been tested for ideal germination
• Open Field
• 45-60 Days to Maturity
• Approx. 50+ seeds p/packet
Q: What does "Hydroponic Seeds" or "Hydroponically Adapted" in the product description mean?
very seed has a lifespan and will vary by cultivar, but with some basic good practices you can significanly prolong the life of your seed and protect your investment with a few best practices:
The goal of whatever "container" you choose is to idealy limit moisture and UV light exposure which can reduce germination rates over time. Use a clean and dry glass jar (we like to use an amber colored wide-mouth Mason Jar) with a lid that closes tightly that is large enough to hold several seed packets. Using a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol, wipe down inside of glass jar and allow to completey dry. This step will help to kill any bacteria or fungi residue that could be present on the surface of your jar (especially if your jar has been sitting in storage for awhile).
If you have a food preservation system like a vacuum sealer system or a canister that can seal with a vacuum like this, these work well also — just keep in mind that if you have to access your seed supply, you will have to cut the package open and reseal to put back into storage.