Tarragon is a perennial herb with a subtle anise or licorice flavor. It is easy to grow and is a popular addition to many culinary dishes. Plant tarragon in a location that receives full sun. Tarragon prefers well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. It can also tolerate slightly acidic soil. Plant tarragon from cuttings or transplants, rather than from seed. Space plants 30-45cm (12-18 inches) apart and water regularly to keep the soil moist. Mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Fertilize tarragon once or twice during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. Trim back the plants regularly to encourage new growth and prevent them from becoming too woody. Harvest tarragon leaves throughout the growing season, starting with the youngest leaves at the top of the plant.
The best time to harvest tarragon is in the morning after the dew has dried but before the sun is too hot. Tarragon can be used fresh or dried in a variety of dishes, including sauces, marinades, and dressings. Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Planting Depth: Plant tarragon from cuttings or transplants. Height at Maturity: 30-90cm (12-36 inches) tall. Days to Maturity: Tarragon can be harvested as soon as it reaches maturity, usually within 60-80 days. Watering: Water regularly to keep the soil moist. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Planting: Space plants 30-45cm (12-18 inches) apart.