(Best months for growing French tarragon in USA - Zone 5a regions)
S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
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.Â
Tarragon goes well with fish, pork, beef, poultry, game, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, and most vegetables.Â Tarragon can be used in cream sauces, herbed butters and vinegars, soups, sour creams, and yogurt.
However, it can be overpowering in large amounts.
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