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Growing French tarragon

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S P P              

(Best months for growing French tarragon in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Plant cuttings or root division. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 16 - 24 inches apart
  • Harvest in 30-40 days. Pick leaves when young for best flavour.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Aubergine (Eggplant) and Capsicum (Peppers)

Your comments and tips

02 May 13, John (Australia - tropical climate)
The Tarragon that I have is long stemmed with a bright yellow/orange flower. The flower has only three petals with a bunched centre. Is this Russian tarragon or French?
06 May 13, John (Australia - tropical climate)
Further to my prior comment, I have discovered my Tarragon is "Mexican" or "Texas" tarragon. Without a doubt a great herb for flavoring all types of food.
07 Aug 13, Daniel Dolpire (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
French Tarragon does not grow from seed! I generally just separate some roots in early spring.
19 Aug 13, Robyn (Australia - temperate climate)
Where could I get a French Tarragon cutting? Do nurseries sell them or just the Russian variety?
02 Mar 15, patrick (Australia - temperate climate)
diggers club sells it.
29 Mar 14, Jacquie (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Found some French Tarragon (Artemesia dracunculus) at the Stellenbosch market this morning at the plant staff. First time I've seen it there. Confusingly the botanical name for Russian tarragon is very similar (Artemesia Dracunculoides Pursch) and no good for cooking.
18 Apr 14, Valda (Australia - temperate climate)
what's the variety of Tarragon that is sold by Woolworths, in Queensland? How does French differ front Russian?
28 Aug 14, Alton (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Hi, I am desperately looking for a French tarragon plant, can anyone help me with a rooted cutting. Cape Town
22 Oct 14, Glynis (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi, I have also been searching for a French tarragon plant in the Cape, since I have been living here for a year and a half. I am in the Fish Hoek area. If you have managed to find one please let me know where you got it so I may also try. Thank you so much Glynis.
03 Sep 14, Michelle (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Looking for French Tarragon cuttings/ seedlings - cant find in Cape Town. Is it too early? anyone have?
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I AM TRYING TO FIND A SHOP THAT SELLS FRENCH TARRAGON PLANTS (OR SHOOTS). Can you Help? Thank you very much!!

- Jan

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