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 10°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 40 - 60 cm 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

05 Aug 21, Robert (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
I live in Durban and am looking for a French Tarragon plant / cuttings. Any assistance with the contact details of a supplier will be greatly appreciated.
12 Feb 21, Sonja (USA - Zone 10b climate)
Any idea who sells it in CA? Can’t find anything but Russian Tarragon! Thank you
11 Oct 21, MaryP (USA - Zone 6a climate)
I bought mine from Territorial Seeds. They send rooted cuttings in pots.
16 Feb 21, (USA - Zone 4a climate)
Try seed selling companies on the net.
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)?
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Read the notes here it tells you how to look after it in sub tropical climate.

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