Wasabi Arugula

Quick Facts:

    • Matures in 45 days
    • 28 days for micro-greens
    • Hot, wasabi-like flavour
    • Works in containers
    • Open pollinated seeds

Wasabi Arugula

Description:

Diplotaxis erucoides. This cool season wild arugula has the same sinus-blazing heat of the Japanese horseradish paste. Use the spicy leaves raw or cooked — Wasabi Arugula is a fantastic topping for pizza. This plant thrives in the cooler weather of the fall, winter, and spring, and it makes remarkable micro-greens at any time of the year. It is a relatively compact plant, like the other arugula varieties. Its edible white flowers also make a nice garnish. Grow Wasabi Arugula in containers or in the garden row. Sowing the seeds several times through the cool season will provide a constant harvest.

Matures in 45 days (28 days for micro-greens). Open-pollinated seeds.

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
0.25g (approx. 1020 seeds) MS554A $3.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
5g (approx. 20475 seeds) MS554B $8.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
25g (approx. 102375 seeds) MS554C $25.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
100g (approx. 409500 seeds) MS554D $89.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
500g (approx. 2047500 seeds) MS554E $279.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

    • Matures in 45 days
    • 28 days for micro-greens
    • Hot, wasabi-like flavour
    • Works in containers
    • Open pollinated seeds

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.

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