Growing Tarragon, Russian Herb Seed
- Days to Maturity: Perennial
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Planting Depth: 1/4”
- Plant Spacing: 18-24”
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Loamy and well-drained
- Temp Preference: Warm
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Color: Green leaves with umbel-shaped white flowers
- Flavor: Slight anise, pepper and licorice
Sowing and Growing
Sow Russian tarragon indoors in mid-April and cover the seeds lightly. Germination can take up to 2 weeks. Harden off and plant outside in full sun and loamy, well-drained soil. Russian tarragon is very hardy and once it’s established it won’t need much water. Keep the young tarragon plants pinched back to promote bushiness and to postpone flowering. The plant may be cut back by ⅔ once it flowers in order to control spread.
Cut Russian tarragon leaves anytime after plants are well established for fresh use. As this herb doesn’t dry well and loses flavor quickly, it’s best enjoyed during the summer and fall. Tarragon flavor lends itself to infusion applications, such as oils. Create salad dressings and sauces for dishes with fish and other meats. Toss chopped Russian tarragon leaves in light soups for enhanced flavor.
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