Tarragon Growing Guide
Crop Rotation Group
Fertile, well drained soil.
A sunny spot near the back or edge of a garden bed, because tarragon is a lanky plant.
A cold-hardy perennial, tarragon can survive temperatures to -20F (-30C).
Not usually required.
Often planted with thyme and other low, mound-forming herbs.
Single Plants: 1' 3" (40cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1' 3" (40cm) with 1' 7" (50cm) row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Set out a purchased plant in late spring. The best strain, called French tarragon, is propagated exclusively by rooting cuttings. At maturity, tarragon will need a 3-foot (90 cm) square space.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.
Tarragon covers itself with yellow-orange blossoms in late summer.
Gather stem tips as you need them in the kitchen. Tarragon can be dried, or you can use fresh tarragon to make flavored vinegars.
Tarragon has few problems with pests or diseases.
Planting and Harvesting Calendar
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Pests which Affect Tarragon