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Tarragon
Russian tarragon
Russian tarragon
Leaves and flower buds of a russian tarragon plant
Scientific Classification
Genus: Artemisia
Species: Artemisia dracunculus
Subspecies: Artemisia dracunculus var. inodora
Synonyms
False tarragon
Artemisia dracunculoides
Plant Data
Min germination temp: 15°C (59°F)
Max germination temp: 20°C (68°F)
Germination time: 7 days
Mature height: 100cm (3ft)
Mature spread: 30cm (1ft)
Ideal pH range: 6.6 - 7.5
Growing plant spacing: 40cm (15in)
References: [1][2][3]

Russian tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus var. inodora) flavour is not so pronounced as the French variety, but it proves to be much hardier. Leaves are rich in essential Iodine, Vitamins A and C as well as trace elements and beneficial mineral salts. In time gone by chewing the root of Tarragon was claimed to cure toothache.[4]

PlannerEdit

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sow (indoors)
Transplant (from seed)
Plant (bought plant)
Harvest

[5][2]

GrowingEdit

LocationEdit

Choose a well-drained site in a sunny position.[5]

SoilEdit

If the soil is heavy, dig in peat or well-rotted manure or compost at the rate of a bucketful to 1m² (1yd²).[2]

SowingEdit

Start the seeds off in pots around April time. Sow four or five seeds per pot in moist potting compost covering them with compost to exclude light. Thin to one seedling per pot once all successful germinations have emerged.[6]

PlantingEdit

An average household should only require one plant[2], so it is usually most cost effective to buy a cutting.

Home raised seedlings are ready to transplant when they are 10cm (4in) high.[6]

AftercareEdit

Keep the plant well-watered during dry spells and pinch out any flowering stems as they appear[2] to ensure a supply of fresh leaves.[5]

HarvestingEdit

Harvest leaves as required from June.[2]

Long-term careEdit

Tarragon will keep growing for years once established, however it is advisable to divide and replant old stock every two or three years.[2] Dig up the plant in spring divide by hand (do not cut the underground runners). Replant 5-8cm (2-3in) deep and 40cm (15in) apart.

PreservingEdit

Cut fresh tarragon and pack into ice cube trays and store in a freezer. Use cubes as required for a year-round supply.

TroublesEdit

Main article: Tarragon#Troubles

Tarragon is not troubled by many pests, but is susceptible to the following plant diseases:[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Growing Instructions - Herb - Russian Tarragon. GrowingInstructions.com. Retrieved: 2010-09-05.
  2. a b c d e f g (1994). Food From Your Garden & Allotment. Reader's Digest Association Ltd, London. P. 218. ISBN 978276443367
  3. Russian Tarragon. myfolia.com. Retrieved: 2010-09-05.
  4. Russian Tarragon Seed. VictorianNursery.co.uk. Retrieved: 2010-09-05.
  5. a b c Hessayon, D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. p. 138. ISBN 9780903505468
  6. a b How to grow the herb Tarragon. GardenAction.co.uk. Retrieved: 2010-09-05.
  7. Growing Tarragon. Sparky Boy Enterprises. Retrieved: 2010-09-05.

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