Organic Arugula 'Astro' - 10g
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Pack Size: 10 g (~5000 seeds). Grow up to twenty 11 x 11" trays from each pack!
Description: Organic seeds for growing baby greens indoors through winter. This specific variety is called 'Astro', which is classic rounded-leaf salad arugula.
Arugula is an excellent indoor green that grows quickly and is packed with flavour! The piquant leaves add zest to everything from salads to sandwiches. Arugula is also full of nutrients such as iron and vitamins C and K.
Easy steps for growing arugula greens indoors through winter:
- Arugula grows most productively under full spectrum (6400K) grow lights. We recommend Sunblaster T5 lighting. Grow lights should be maintained 6 - 12” above plant tops and should be on 16 - 18 hours per day.
- During the months where daylight-hours are low arugula can be grown in a very sunny window - but productivity goes way up under full-spectrum lights.
- Arugula grows very well in shallow containers with drainage. We often use 11 x 11” or 10 x 20” trays. Other ideas include recycled clam shells from store-bought greens or recycled flower pots.
- For completely easy baby greens use a composty soil. We use an organic potting mix blended with Sea Soil compost at a 60 / 40 ratio. By building in high-quality compost you can avoid any need for additional fertilizing.
- Arugula takes 3 - 5 days to germinate. The ideal temperature for germination is 4 - 21º C; bottom heat will speed up germination and encourage faster seedling development. In general, arugula thrives where air temperatures are cool; combining mild bottom heat and cool air temperatures is a perfect combo for robust arugula.
- Wet your soil medium before sowing then sprinkle seeds onto soil surface at approximately 250 seeds per 11 x 11” tray. Press seeds gently into soil surface and spritz (or carefully water) to fully moisten.
- Check on seeds every few days to notice when they are starting to germinate. Maintain soil moisture without allowing the mix to be soggy.
- Arugula will grow as a baby green for approximately four to six weeks before a new crop needs to take over. Sow new trays every 2 - 4 weeks to keep a constant supply.
- Great air circulation around your indoor garden makes everything better! If you are growing lots of plants indoors consider adding a small fan to your set-up.
- If using humidity domes over your trays: be sure to leave these off for at least one hour per day to allow for air circulation.
- Pests rarely occur on baby greens but it is a good idea to clean pots/trays with warm soapy water (or 10% bleach solution) between crops and generally keep your growing area tidy.
- Crops that are grown to larger than baby green size will likely require fertilizing for best productivity; we recommend Evolve Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer for our indoor gardens.
- Harvest leafy greens by up to 50% with each cut.
- Use sharp scissors to cut your greens - this helps plants regrow more quickly after harvest.
- The beauty of growing your own baby greens is that you can harvest just what you need when you need it!