Tarragon Growing Guide

Tarragon

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Fertile, well drained soil.

Position

A sunny spot near the back or edge of a garden bed, because tarragon is a lanky plant.

Frost tolerant

A cold-hardy perennial, tarragon can survive temperatures to --30C (-20F).

Feeding

Not usually required.

Companions

Eggplant. Often plantd with thyme and other low, mound-forming herbs.

Spacing

Single Plants: 40cm (1' 3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 40cm (1' 3") with 50cm (1' 7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set out a purchased plant in spring. The best strain, called French tarragon, is propagated exclusively by rooting cuttings. At maturity, tarragon will need a 90 cm (3ft) square space.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Tarragon covers itself with yellow-orange blossoms in late summer.

Harvesting

Gather stem tips as you need them in the kitchen. Tarragon can be dried, or you can use fresh tarragon to make flavored vinegars.

Troubleshooting

Tarragon has few problems with pests or diseases.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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