CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Diplotaxis tenuifolia. While technically this variety is a perennial, growers and home gardeners will probably prefer growing it as a fast maturing annual crop. Bellezia Organic arugula features highly upright growth for dense planting and easy harvesting. The leaves are darker green than most, with good looking serrated edges and mild flavour. This is the perfect arugula for raw salads or salad mixes, and it makes excellent micro-greens. It is suitable for container growing throughout the year, and features intermediate resistance to downy mildew.
Matures in 51 days. (Open Polinnated seeds).
Perennial / annual
Size: 500 seeds
Season & Zone
Exposure: Full Sun to partial shade
Season: Cool season + Summer hot season
Start indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost and transplant out in late spring.
Sow the tiny seeds barely covered with soil. Keep them warm and damp. Germination is slow, so be patient.
Wild arugula has a sprawling habit and feathery, deeply indented leaves. Space plants 10-15cm (4-6") apart in rows 30cm (12") apart. Remember that this perennial plant will re-emerge in spring. Keeping the plants cut will encourage new, more tender growth. Trim the young leaves with scissors as needed.
Use as a cut & come again crop, harvesting with scissors. Baby leaves are mild and tender.
Usual seed life: 3 years.
Diseases & Pests
Flea beetles will cause numerous tiny holes in the leaves. If these appear, try planting a couple of weeks later next year, to avoid their laying cycle. Or plant under lightweight row cover.
How to Grow Wild Arugula
Wild arugula (Diplotaxis tenuifolia and D. erucoides) is a perennial plant that has the advantage of not bolting in hot weather. It has a very similar texture and flavour profile to conventional arugula, and can be used in similar applications: pizza topping, salad green, addition to salad mixes. Plus it can be harvested all summer long, after the other arugula has all gone to seed.
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