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Eruca sativa
HERB-SALAD ROCKET-ARUGULA is a nutritious low growing annual salad green, which features ‘dandelion-like’ juicy, long, lobular leaves with green veins. Young plants feature plain light green leaves, which seem identical to that of spinach. These tender leaves have a sweet, nutty, taste. The Romans used rocket mixed with herbs such as lavender & dill, and put them in special sauces. Salad Rocket is a great source of iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, beta-carotene, sodium, dietary fibre & vitamins A, B, C and E.

Arugula is a fast-sprouting cool-season crop, thriving in temperatures between 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F). It’s best to plant arugula in early spring or late summer, avoiding extreme heat.  Because Salad Rocket grows so quickly it can be ready to harvest in 30 days from planting, so consider planting in succession for a continual harvest.   

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To grow Salad Rocket-Arugula seeds you will need to follow these general rules:

  1. Find a sunny location with well-drained soil and plant directly in the garden. They don’t transplant very well.
  2. Check the pH of the soil is slightly acidic to neutral 6 – 7pH.
  3. Scatter seeds over soil and lightly cover so they are roughly 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart.
  4. Gently water with a mist sprayer
  5. Water the seeds regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist so it is damp and not waterlogged.
  6. Germinates within 7 – 10 days at which point you can thin out the seedlings to 4-6 inches apart when they reach about 2 inches tall.
  7. Harvest leaves when young and tender. Roughly when they are about 3-4 inches tall, cutting back to about 1 inch above the soil line.
  8. Repeat the planting and harvesting process for a continued supply of fresh, spicy salad greens.  Regular harvesting encourages continuous growth and prevents the plant from bolting.

Heritage of Salad Rocket-Arugula

Arugula origins can be traced back to the Mediterranean region, & boasts a rich heritage deeply intertwined with ancient culinary traditions, where its peppery leaves have been cherished for centuries, contributing to a global culinary legacy that continues to thrive today.

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Planting Guide for Australia

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

20-60 cm (8-24 inches)

Season of Interest

Spring / Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F)

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full sun to partial shade (4-6 hours of sunlight per day)

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow direct


Well-draining soil, prefers fertile loamy soil


6 – 7

Soil Temperature (°C)

10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F)

Seed Preparation

No special preparation required

Sowing Depth (mm)

1.3 cm (0.5 inches)

Plant Spacing (cm)

2.5-5 cm (1-2 inches) apart

Row spacing (cm)

20-30 cm (8-12 inches)


Keep soil consistently moist

Germination Time (Days)

7-10 days

Harvest Time (Days)

21-30 days (for young leaves), continuous harvesting encouraged for prolonged production

Good Companion Plants

Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots, Basil, Dill, Nasturtiums, Cucumbers

Bad Companion Plants

Strawberries, Cabbage Family (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage), Beans, Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic


Flea Beetles, Cabbage Worms


Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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