Dragon's Fire

SKU: MS571

A wild variety, this unique arugula has purple/red veins dramatically etched onto shapely green leaves. Plants are vigorous and has uniform... Read More

Exposure Partial to full sun

Matures in 45-55 days

Season Cool season

Seed type OP ?

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Dragon's Fire

Product Details

A wild variety, this unique arugula has purple/red veins dramatically etched onto shapely green leaves. Plants are vigorous and has uniform growth. Flavour is zesty and spicy--add some fire to a salad or sandwich by tossing in a few leaves. If it wasn't so delicious, it'd be almost too beautiful to eat.

Quick Facts:

    • Lobed green leaves with contrasting red/purple veins
    • Uniform growth
    • Vigorous plant
    • Zesty and spicy flavour

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All About Dragon's Fire

Latin: 

Latin: Eruca sativa (Wild Arugula is Diplotaxis tenuifolia — see below)
Family: Brassicaceae

Difficulty: 

Difficulty: Easy

We Recommend: 

We Recommend: Astro (MS483). All arugula varieties are good, but Astro stands out. Grow this variety in cool weather, or try it as a micro-green at any time of year.

Season: Cool season. Arugula tends to bolt in hot weather.
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.

Timing

Timing
Direct sow every 3 weeks from mid-March to April and again in September for a fall/winter crop. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 4-12°C (40-50°F).

Starting

Starting
Sow no more than 5mm (¼”) deep in well drained soil in full sun. Thin seedlings to 10-15cm (4-6″) apart in rows 45-60cm (18-24″) apart. Overcrowded plants will bolt earlier. Seeds germinate in 4-8 days.

Days to Maturity

Days to Maturity
From direct sowing.

Growing

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.5-7.0. keep moist until germinated and then just keep the area weeded.

Harvest

Harvest
Use as a cut & come again crop, harvesting with scissors. Baby leaves are mild and tender.

Seed Info

Seed Info
In optimum conditions at least 75% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 1.2M seeds, per acre: 348M seeds.

Diseases & Pests

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

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.

Timing

Timing
Start indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost and transplant out in late spring.

Starting

Starting
Sow the tiny seeds barely covered with soil. Keep them warm and damp. Germination is slow, so be patient.

Days to Maturity

Days to Maturity
From transplant.

Growing

Growing
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.

Seed Info

Seed Info
Usual seed life: 3 years.

How to Grow Arugula

Step 1

Timing

Direct sow every 3 weeks from mid-March to April and again in September for a fall/winter crop. Arugula is a productive, cool season, annual salad green that works best in spring and fall, and can be managed all winter under cloche protection where winters are mild. In hot weather, arugula tends to bolt and go to seed. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 4-12°C (40-50°F).

Step 2

Starting

Sow no more than 5mm (¼”) deep in well drained soil in full sun. Thin seedlings to 10-15cm (4-6″) apart in rows 45-60cm (18-24″) apart. Overcrowded plants will bolt earlier.
Seeds germinate in 4-8 days.

Step 3

Growing

Ideal pH: 6.5-7.0.

In optimum conditions at least 75% of seeds will germinate. Keep moist until germinated and then just keep the area weeded.

Step 4

Harvest

Harvest with scissors. Use as a cut & come again crop. Baby leaves are mild and tender.

Tips

Flea Beetles

Flea beetles can cause numerous tiny holes in the leaves of arugula. If these appear, try planting a couple of weeks later next year, to avoid their laying cycle. Or plant under lightweight row cover.

Usual seed life

3 years. Per 100′ row: 1.2M seeds, per acre: 348M seeds.

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