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Tarragon Seeds

Artemisia dracunculus

3.00 (2 reviews)
  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Start the seed indoors about a month before the last frost, thinly sowing on the surface of a flat; keep the temperature at 65-70 degrees F and away from direct sunlight until germination. When there is no chance of frost, transplant the seedlings 24-30" apart. Tarragon grows best in dry or well drained soil and full sun or light shade. Direct sowing is possible but somewhat difficult because of the extremely tiny seed. This herb attracts butterflies and bees, as well as repelling harmful insects and deer. Tarragon can be also grown from cuttings or root division, though growing it in a container is not recommended because of the size and sprawling growth habit of the plant.

Growing: Tarragon develops its full flavor when left to itself in dry soil and abundant sunlight. Mature plants tolerate drought very well, and should not be watered unless drought conditions persist. Overwatering can lead to root rot as well as other fungal diseases. For healthy growth, keep the plant trimmed.

Harvesting: Harvest fresh leaves as soon as the plant reaches a height of 6". The best time to harvest is in the morning after the dew has dried. Entire stems or the whole plant can also be cut slightly above ground level, since this will encourage new growth. To dry entire stems, cut them off and bundle them; hang them upside down in a dry, dark place for about 2 weeks. Strip the leaves from the stems and store them in a cool, dry place.

Seed Saving: The small green flowers should appear sometime in the fall, though the plant may not have time to produce seed if the growing season is too short. Harvest them individually as they begin to develop mature seed, which will look almost like black dust. Carefully gather the heads and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight, then shake them lightly to remove the seed. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Artemisia dracunculus

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Warm Season

Life Cycle: Annual, Tender Perennial

USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 200,000

Planting Method: From Transplant

Height: 30 Inches

Uses: Aromatic

3.00
Global Rating: 3.00 from 2 reviews
Tarragon Seeds 5.0

Review By PrairieGreens

Russian Tarragon

I was surprised to see my tarragon return the next year and I love it. Its not as strong as French tarragon, its tastes more like savory and is less like anise flavored. I actually prefer the flavor to French, I dislike anise. This plant makes a great companion plant too. Its worth a try, maybe my soils are conductive to a pleasant flavor.

Tarragon Seeds 1.0

Review By Steven

Not the real deal.

I have grown Tarragon for a few years and during my last move I was unable to bring my plant with me. Anyways I ordered these seed and yes they grow good, but they are not real Tarragon. The leaves of what ever this is taste like regular grass from the ground. I was very disappointed in this product. Don't buy this if Tarragon is what you really want.

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The aromatic pale green leaves of tarragon are best used fresh, as they loose their flavor when dried. Use to flavor chicken, fish, or to infuse oil or vinegar. A common herb in many French dishes. Hardy to zone 4, cut it back in fall and cover with mulch.
Though tarragon connoisseurs know that true French tarragon cannot be grown from seed, this variety, called Russian tarragon, has its own virtues and advantages. Its faint, slightly bitter anise flavor is well suited for fresh use in salads or in making herbal vinegars. Perhaps its most well known use is medicinal, since scientific research shows that Russian tarragon can be very helpful in regulating insulin and lowering blood sugar, cleansing the blood, treating headaches and dizziness, and acting as a mild sedative. Russian tarragon also readily reseeds itself and has hardy growth, making it more readily obtainable than its delicate French cousin. The English word tarragon is derived from the French word estragon, or “little dragon”, in reference to the ancient belief that this herb could cure poisonous snake bites. Unlike many herbs, tarragon was completely unknown to ancient civilizations such as Greece and Rome; the first records of its presence in the Western world are found in the 16th century. The Arab botanist and pharmacist, Ibn-al-Baytar of Spain, recommended it as a breath freshener, a seasoning for vegetables, and as a treatment for insomnia.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Start the seed indoors about a month before the last frost, thinly sowing on the surface of a flat; keep the temperature at 65-70 degrees F and away from direct sunlight until germination. When there is no chance of frost, transplant the seedlings 24-30" apart. Tarragon grows best in dry or well drained soil and full sun or light shade. Direct sowing is possible but somewhat difficult because of the extremely tiny seed. This herb attracts butterflies and bees, as well as repelling harmful insects and deer. Tarragon can be also grown from cuttings or root division, though growing it in a container is not recommended because of the size and sprawling growth habit of the plant.

Growing: Tarragon develops its full flavor when left to itself in dry soil and abundant sunlight. Mature plants tolerate drought very well, and should not be watered unless drought conditions persist. Overwatering can lead to root rot as well as other fungal diseases. For healthy growth, keep the plant trimmed.

Harvesting: Harvest fresh leaves as soon as the plant reaches a height of 6". The best time to harvest is in the morning after the dew has dried. Entire stems or the whole plant can also be cut slightly above ground level, since this will encourage new growth. To dry entire stems, cut them off and bundle them; hang them upside down in a dry, dark place for about 2 weeks. Strip the leaves from the stems and store them in a cool, dry place.

Seed Saving: The small green flowers should appear sometime in the fall, though the plant may not have time to produce seed if the growing season is too short. Harvest them individually as they begin to develop mature seed, which will look almost like black dust. Carefully gather the heads and spread them out to dry away from direct sunlight, then shake them lightly to remove the seed. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Artemisia dracunculus

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Warm Season

Life Cycle: Annual, Tender Perennial

USDA Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 200,000

Planting Method: From Transplant

Height: 30 Inches

Uses: Aromatic

Reviews

3.00
Global Rating: 3.00 from 2 reviews
Tarragon Seeds 5.0

Review By PrairieGreens

Russian Tarragon

I was surprised to see my tarragon return the next year and I love it. Its not as strong as French tarragon, its tastes more like savory and is less like anise flavored. I actually prefer the flavor to French, I dislike anise. This plant makes a great companion plant too. Its worth a try, maybe my soils are conductive to a pleasant flavor.

Tarragon Seeds 1.0

Review By Steven

Not the real deal.

I have grown Tarragon for a few years and during my last move I was unable to bring my plant with me. Anyways I ordered these seed and yes they grow good, but they are not real Tarragon. The leaves of what ever this is taste like regular grass from the ground. I was very disappointed in this product. Don't buy this if Tarragon is what you really want.

Add your review of this product