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 = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • 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)
  • New Spring growth

French tarragon a half hardy perennial herb that is native of southern Europe. It is frost tender - which may be one of the reasons that it is not particularly widely grown - French tarragon is easy to grow but rarely sets seeds. It is propagated by division, or from cuttings.
Seed grown tarragon is usually Russian tarragon which does not have such a good flavour.

French tarragon must have a sunny position The site should be sheltered from winds and winter frosts. Keep well watered in dry weather. In autumn, mulch plants with a thick layer of straw or similar, to protect it over the winter. Tarragon prefers well-drained soil which is not too high in nutrients. It will do equally well in full sun or partial shade. 

Culinary hints - cooking and eating French tarragon

Tarragon goes well with fish, pork, beef, poultry, game, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and most vegetables.  Tarragon can be used in cream sauces, herbed butters and vinegars, soups, sour creams, and yogurt.
However, it can be overpowering in large amounts.

Your comments and tips

13 Oct 20, Mrs Roland (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy french tarragon in Victoria
03 Oct 20, Wallis Weir (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I am looking for some French Tarragon. Can you help please.
19 Nov 20, Nui (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I found some at Mitre 10 this week
09 Oct 20, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Google where to buy in NZ
08 Oct 20, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Check internet sites.
12 Apr 20, Sarina (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy French tarragon plants or seeds now (April)?
26 Oct 20, Alan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try Allrareherbs ... just received 3 x French...excellent service, but get them to send on a Monday so they will not spend weekend in a post office
14 Apr 20, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
French tarragon should be grown from cuttings. Seeds are usually Russian tarragon, which is not such a good flavour.
18 Mar 20, johan smith (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Where can I purchase Tarragon plants
19 Mar 20, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Try Mountain Herb Estate on the internet.
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Try Mountain Herb Estate on the internet.

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