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Russian tarragon has smaller leaves than French tarragon (A. dracunculus) and is also hardier. It has a spreading habit and is easier to grow than French tarragon. The latter, however, has a more delicate flavour.
Harvest leaves while they are still young and at their most flavourful. Not suitable for drying. Can be harvested and frozen in cubes. Young stems can be harvested and eaten like asparagus.
Tarragon clumps should be divided every three or four years.
Sow Russian tarragon seed indoors in sunny location or under plant grow lights six weeks before last frost. Germination in soil takes approximately 10 to 14 days.
Attracts useful insects
Russian Tarragon attracts butterflies to your garden.
Temperate to warm
Soil PH preference
Tarragon has a mild anesthetic property when used medicinally.
Leaves are used for seasoning, especially vinegar. Young stems can be harvested and eaten like asparagus.
Tarragon are susceptible to root rot so avoid over watering. Avoid planting French tarragon where water collects or where leaves are slow to dry. Tarragon is susceptible to downy mildew, powdery mildew, and root rot where the soil or plants stay wet.