How to Grow Tarragon Herb Plants
Tarragon herb is native to dry, rocky areas of Northwest U.S., Russia, and
Asia. It is closely related to U.S. Sagebrush. It thrives in poor, dry, barren
soils in areas with warm days and nights.
Tarragon plants grow to 2 to 5 feet, depending upon variety. The leaves of
this aromatic and culinary herb, are thin and blade-like, with
a pointed tip. It produces drooping flowers in mid summer.
Tarragon is grown for it's aromatic leaves that is used in a variety of culinary
recipes, most notably in flavoring vinegar.
Tarragon is most commonly grown from division of the roots. You can also
propagate it by rooting small, vigorous cuttings in the spring. True French
Tarragon is not grown from seed. It is a root variety, with a strong
Some varieties you can grow from seed, and are commonly carried by seed
suppliers. The most popular are Russian and Sweet Tarragon. These varieties
are less aromatic than root varieties, but have a great culinary quality.
Days to Germination (from seed): 10-14
Days to Maturity: 80-90
How to Grow Tarragon Plants:
Being native to prairies, and rocky, barren environments, Tarragon is at
home, growing in the poorest area of your garden. It needs full sun. They
prefer dry, rocky or gravel or sandy soil.
The plants need a warm, dry environment, both day and night. Start seedlings
indoors well before the last frost in your area. Transplant seedlings outdoors
when the weather warms, spacing them 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart.
Once started, the plants grow well with little or no attention. Fertilizer
always helps, but is only necessary in the poorest of soils.
Allow the soil to dry between watering. Tarragon will do best, if the soil
is slightly dry.
Harvest and dry the leaves and flowers. Store them in a cool, dry place.
Tarragon leaves can also be kept in the freezer.
In the Kitchen:
Tarragon is a popular culinary herb, most notably in French cuisine. Tarragon
is best known for flavoring vinegar. But it is also used to spice up salads,
meats, vegetables, sauces, mayonnaise, cheese, and omelets. It also helps
to take the fishy taste out of .......fish.
Did you Know? Tarragon is used in making Dijon Mustard
This herb stimulates the appetite and digestive process. An infusion or tea
made of Tarragon eases flatulence and intestinal distension. (I'm all for