Eruca sativa (21 days baby, 35 days mature) Open-pollinated. After my first taste I was tempted to wisecrack that Astro is to real arugula as Astroturf is to real grass. But that would be grossly unfair. Yes, its pleasant tender texture and mild flavor might be a slight letdown for those of us who prefer our arugula more piquant. However, we found when it debuted in our catalog that many people prefer this milder strain, making it a top seller. Selected for profuse basal growth, Astro rockets into dense clusters of thick lush leaves for baby-greens harvest. Leaf shapes are a mix of smooth-edged and lobed. Grows equally well during cool and hot seasons, Astro came to us highly recommended by our West Coast seed farmers for its dependability and yield. Cold-hardy. ①
3020 Astro - Organic
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About 11,700-15,000 seeds/oz. 1⁄16 oz packet sows 60 ft; 1 oz sows 960 ft. Also known as Roquette or Rocket. Musky green and its piquant blossoms will spice up your salad.
Culture: Prefers cool temperatures; direct seed as early as possible in spring. Bolts in heat; avoid the heat and grow as a fall crop, or make succession plantings every 1-2 weeks. Use row covers to discourage flea beetles. Let part of a spring crop go to seed and get a self-sown September and October patch that is delicious and has no flea beetle damage! A prime ingredient in tangy mesclun mixes. Frequent watering will reduce its pungency. Suitable for microgreens.
Saving Seed: Saving arugula seed is easy! Let your spring sowing of arugula bolt. The flowers develop into narrow seed pods. Once pods dry on the stems, they can be easily broken open for seed.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct seeding.
All greens are open-pollinated except where noted.
Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.