How to Grow Arugula at Home

Are you ready to embark on a rewarding journey of growing your own arugula straight at home? Whether you have limited space, want to enjoy fresh greens year-round, or simply adore the convenience of having a bountiful harvest at your fingertips, Gardyn’s got you covered! Join us as we guide through growing arugula at home and uncover the secrets to nurturing these hearty plants so you can enjoy the flavorful explosion and versatility of this peppery leafy green.

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Care & Harvest

🌡️ Temperature

Arugula thrives in a cooler environment, ideally between 60-70°F. Exposure to higher temperatures may result in the plant developing a bitter taste and bolting prematurely.

✂️ Pruning

Conduct a monthly examination of the roots, trimming away any that appear brown or extend beyond the yPod. To prevent early bolting, promptly cut stems that begin to display yellow flowers.

🔎 Plant Health

Aphids pose a common threat to Arugula; however, employing our preventative and treatment techniques will effectively keep these pests at bay!

🥬 Harvest

For optimal flavor, it is advisable to harvest Arugula in one go to prevent bitterness. Once the plant’s outer leaves attain a height of 2-3 inches, proceed to harvest all leaves by cutting at the base. For a continuous harvest, gently snip the outer leaves—once they reach the 2-3 inch mark—just above the plant’s base, allowing the inner leaves to flourish. Be mindful that larger leaves may exhibit a bitter taste. To ensure continuous growth, avoid cutting more than a third of the plant at a time.

Why Grow Arugula Indoors?

An edible plant belonging to the Brassicaceae family, growing arugula indoors offers a host of benefits and opens up a world of possibilities for home gardeners and culinary enthusiasts alike. Commonly grown outdoors in raised beds, cultivating arugula indoors provides unique advantages that make it an appealing option for many. Whether you have limited outdoor space, live geographically in an area with harsh winters, or simply want to have a fresh supply of arugula within arm’s reach throughout the year, indoor cultivation can be a game-changer.

Enjoy Fresh Organic Arugula All Year Round

Growing arugula indoors allows you to cultivate your greens using organic methods and so, have a constant supply of the popular salad green, regardless of the season. You no longer need to wait for early spring or late summer to plant it, and especially no longer need to wait for fall or winter to enjoy it.

With indoor gardening, you are not limited by the weather, or the time of year and you can have full control over the products used throughout the whole growing process. No more last-minute trips to the grocery store, you have everything you need at home.

Make The Most Out Of Your Limited Space

If you have limited outdoor space or live in an apartment, growing arugula indoors is a perfect solution. You can cultivate this leafy green in containers, making it suitable for small gardens, balconies, or even windowsills. Indoor gardening allows you to optimize the available space and still enjoy the benefits of homegrown arugula.

Enjoy Quick And Bountiful Harvests

Arugula is known for its rapid growth, and when cultivated indoors, it tends to grow at an accelerated rate. With the right conditions, you can witness the arugula seeds sprouting and see your plants flourish within a short period. This quick growth means you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of fresh, peppery arugula leaves in just a matter of weeks.

Experiment And Develop Your Taste

Indoor gardening provides the flexibility to explore various arugula varieties. You can try different flavors, leaf shapes, and colors to diversify your experiences. Experiment with baby arugula, wild arugula, or even unique heirloom varieties, and discover the ones that best suit your taste preferences.

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What do you need to grow Arugula indoors?

Growing arugula indoors is a convenient and accessible way to enjoy the fresh, vibrant leaves of this delicious leafy green, even if you have limited outdoor space. From the right materials and tools to the essential environmental factors, let us walk you through everything you need to set up a thriving indoor arugula garden. Get ready to unleash your green thumb and discover the joy of cultivating arugula right in your own home:

  • Begin with selecting among the many different arugula varieties (Astro, Garden Tangy, Italian Cress, Red Dragon…) the one that fits your needs;
  • Choose containers (a pot or a tray will do perfectly) with proper drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil. They should be at least 6 inches deep to accommodate the arugula’s root system. Preferably, look for containers made of durable materials like plastic or ceramic;
  • Consider adding compost or organic matter to improve soil fertility and drainage;

How to Plant Arugula Indoors?

Growing your own arugula indoors is a delightful and rewarding way to enjoy this versatile leafy green throughout the year. Here’s everything you need to learn to plant and grow healthy and bountiful arugula.

Step 1: Initial Setup with Container

Choose a suitable container with drainage holes, such as a pot or tray. Fill the container with a well-draining potting mix, leaving a few inches of space at the top for watering.

Consider using Gardyn’s innovative yCubes: They provide a convenient and efficient way to plant arugula. These pre-seeded pods are designed specifically for use with the Gardyn Home Kit. Simply, insert the yCubes into the designated slots in the Gardyn Home Kit or arrange them evenly in your container if you’re using a different setup.

Step 2: Ensure Ideal Growing Conditions

Place the container or Gardyn Home Kit in a location that receives four to six hours of full sun per day. If natural sunlight is limited, supplement it with fluorescent or LED grow lights. Position the lights six to twelve inches above the plants.

Maintain a consistent temperature between 60-70°F as arugula grows best in cool weather.

Step 3: Sowing and Planting Your Arugula Seeds

Start by moistening the soil in the container. Then, sow the arugula seeds or seedlings about 1/4 inch deep and approximately 2 inches apart. After sowing, lightly cover the seeds with soil and gently pat it down. Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid overwatering, as arugula prefers slightly drier conditions.

How to Care for Your Arugula?

To ensure your arugula plants thrive and reward you with a bountiful harvest, it is essential to prioritize their well-being and give them the necessary care, affection, and attention they deserve. By implementing a few key practices, you can optimize their growth and ensure optimal yields. Here’s a few of our tips for growing arugula indoors:

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Arugula has a shallow root system, so it prefers consistent and evenly moist soil: water regularly, especially during dry periods;
  • Nourish your arugula plants every two to three weeks with a balanced diet of organic fertilizer to provide essential nutrients to them;
  • Avoid exposing your arugula plants to extreme temperatures. As they thrive in cool weather, if the weather is warm, give your plants a little bit of shade so they can continue to thrive;
  • Regularly prune outer leaves to promote continuous growth and prevent bolting, which is when the plant goes to seed prematurely;
  • Monitor your arugula plants for common pests and diseases. Early detection is essential to provide the right treatment and to keep your plants healthy. Search for aphids, flea beetles, or caterpillars.

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Harvesting and using your Arugula

After the whole process of cultivating and taking care of your arugula plants finally comes the exciting joy of harvesting them and incorporating its vibrant flavors into your culinary creations. Let us guide you with some wholesome ideas to get the best out of your leaves so you can ramp up your dishes.

How And When To Properly Harvest Your Arugula?

When your arugula plants are about 6 inches tall, they are finally ready for their very first harvest. Yeh! To start, retrieve a pair of sharp scissors and cut the outer leaves just above the base of the plant. Leave the smaller leaves untouched as these can be harvested at a later point when they’re fully mature.

Regularly harvest the outer leaves every 1-2 weeks to encourage new growth and ensure a fresh supply of arugula throughout the growing season.

Finally Enjoying The Wonders Of Your Arugula

Freshly-picked arugula is most enjoyable for its peak in flavor. Its peppery and slightly nutty characteristics add a delightful punch to various dishes.

Create a vibrant salad by tossing arugula leaves with cherry tomatoes, shaved Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. The combination of arugula’s spiciness and the dressing’s tangy sweetness is a match made in culinary heaven.

Create a flavorful twist on traditional pesto by substituting basil with arugula. Blend arugula, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil until smooth. Toss it on your pasta, spread it on sandwiches, or use it as a dip for fresh veggies.

Recipe: Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad

Are you looking for refreshing recipes incorporating the peppery flavor of arugula? Look no further! Here’s a marvelous recipe that perfectly balances the textures and delicious tastes of arugula, watermelon, and feta cheese. It’s so good that you’ll be craving for more!


  • 4 cups of freshly cut arugula leaves;
  • 2 cups of watermelon (cut into cubes);
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese;
  • 1/4 cup of chopped red onion;
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh mint leaves;
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (optional);
  • Juice of 1 lemon;
  • 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil;
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  • In a large bowl, combine the arugula, watermelon cubes, crumbled feta cheese, chopped red onion, and fresh mint leaves. Toss gently to mix the ingredients;
  • If using walnuts, lightly toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until fragrant. Then, add the toasted walnuts to the salad bowl;
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste;
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat all the ingredients evenly;
  • Serve the Arugula, watermelon, and feta salad immediately and enjoy its vibrant flavors.

Embrace Arugula’s Delightful Versatility With Gardyn

Growing arugula at home can offer numerous advantages for both seasoned gardeners and beginners alike. By bringing the gardening experience indoors, you can enjoy fresh, flavorful arugula year-round, regardless of the weather! Get ready to elevate your culinary adventures to new heights and open up a world of creative possibilities.

Embark on your indoor arugula gardening journey with Gardyn’s user-friendly and efficient system. From the moment you plant your seeds to the joy of harvesting your homegrown, you’ll soon be inspired to try your hand at other Gardyn staples. Gardyn provides the tips, tools, and support you need to succeed.

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