Selvatica Organic

Quick Facts:

    • Mild flavour
    • Dark green leaves
    • Certified organic
    • Matures in 40 days

Selvatica Organic

Description:

CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Diplotaxis tenuifolia. This organic heirloom sylvetta (wild arugula) is so mild and nutty, it almost sets the standard by which to compare other varieties. The flavour is refined but subdued, and not spicy. It would pair beautifully with other mild greens to enhance the flavour of fresh picked tomatoes or crisp bell peppers. Selvatica Organic arugula is more heat tolerant than the others, and a tad smaller in leaf size. Its deeply lobed, dark green leaves have long petioles. It's also a bit earlier to mature than most. Grow for mature leaves, for baby salad greens, or for certified organic micro-greens.

Matures in 40 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
500 seeds MS566A $3.29 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
2500 seeds MS566B $4.19 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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50000 seeds MS566D $12.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

    • Mild flavour
    • Dark green leaves
    • Certified organic
    • Matures in 40 days

How To Grow

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. Continue reading below to find out how to grow arugula from seed.

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

Difficulty: Easy

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
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
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
From direct sowing.

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

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

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
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.

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

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

Days to Maturity
From transplant.

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
Usual seed life: 3 years.