Latin Name: E. Selvatica
Item #: 164H
Suitable for Containers:
40 days. Annual. Wild type with dark serrated leaves. Shelf life after harvest is very long. Pkt. contains 500 seeds.
40 days. Annual. Wild type with dark serrated leaves. Shelf life after harvest is very long. Pungent flavor. Favorite of both chefs and growers. Grow like Roquette. 90,000 seeds per oz/28 g. Must be ordered in increments of 10,000 seeds. Packet contains 500 seeds.
ROQUETTE - Hearty Annual Green
Approx. 15,000 seeds per oz/28 g- 2 lbs./1 kg per acre
Known by several common names "Rocket" or "roquette" and "arugula". A popular green used in salads for its distinct peppery, sweet taste. Provides the same punch to a salad as chopped green onions, but without their aftertaste. Notched green leaves resemble chicory - catalogna in shape and texture.
CULTURE: Sow outdoors in wide rows 18 in/46 cm apart. Broadcast seed in a band 3 in/8 cm wide - spacing seeds about 1 in/2.5 cm apart within the band. Do not thin plants. Begin fall sowings in late August through late Sept. Fall sowings will winter over for March/April spring cutting. Fresh spring re-sowing should begin in May and successive sowings continue every 3 weeks until late June, when hot weather arrives. From late July to mid August extreme heat may cause leaves to be bitter.
HARVEST: 40 - 50 days from sowing. Plants form a small rosette heart and lots of external leaves that may be individually cut or the whole plant can be harvested at a young stage. Older plants become slightly bitter in taste after 55 days - so a continuous seeding schedule should be maintained throughout the spring and late summer for a fresh supply of greens. As leaves are harvested fresh growth will appear. Start picking the leaves when they are 2 in/5 cm long. Keep cutting the plant until it starts to produce flowers - then pull the old plant out and re-seed. Flowers are also edible in salads.