Top Questions About Tarragon

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Questions About Tarragon

Asked by
Anonymous on
January 6, 2011

Q. Tarragon Plant

My tarragon plant is all dried up. I have it in an indoor garden planter. Will it rebloom if I just keep watering it? Should it be fed with plant food?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 6, 2011
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It may come back if the stem is still alive. If the stem is not dried out, the plant will re-grow its leaves. If the stem is dried out, the plant is dead and will need to be replaced.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 30, 2011

Q. Tarragon Flowers

While growing tarragon, should I deflower plants like I do while growing basil?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 31, 2011
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Yes, if you get flowers on any herb, it is best to take the flowers off. The flowers sap energy from the plant and it produces fewer and less flavorful leaves.

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Asked by
danos on
April 6, 2011

Q. French Tarragon

I have planted 2 tarragon plants, one in 2009 and one in 2010. They were the ones in 4″ pots from a garden centre. However, the crop is very poor. They are in a sunny position in medium rich soil in a raised bed. They are watered daily and do not get waterlogged as the bed is raised. How can I get a better crop than 6 sprigs?? Should they spread each year?

Answered by
Heather on
April 10, 2011
Certified Expert
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I would start pinching the plants at a rather early stage. This will encourage branching. This article has more information on that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hgen/making-herbs-bigger-through-pinching-and-harvesting.htm

Some varieties grow back better than others. I would recommend purchasing a named variety from a reputable nursery. While you keep the ground dry, snow and rain in the winter can be over watering it in the cold, which will kill the roots. A more hardy variety will be better able to survive this.

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Asked by
krantzy6 on
June 28, 2011

Q. My Tarragon Plant Has No Anise-Like Taste

I have had the plant for many years. Last year it seemed weak, so I divided it. This year the plant seemed to come up strong but without any taste in the leaves. Seems odd to me.

Answered by
Heather on
July 4, 2011
Certified Expert
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This happens to herbs when you are too nice to them. The better their conditions, the weaker and more diluted their flavor becomes. They need to struggle a bit to have good flavor.

At the very least, do not fertilize your tarragon. Do not provide more than 2-3 inches of water a week, if you can help it.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 1, 2011

Q. Tarragon

Which is the best way to harvest the leaves to keep the plant growing new sprouts? I’m new to this (obviously), but if I have a small plant and I harvest all of the leaves, how do I get the plant to sprout new growth?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 2, 2011
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Do not harvest all of the leaves, only what you need. Also, pinching the plant will promote more bushier and lush growth. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/tarragon/growing-tarragon-in-the-herb-garden.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hgen/making-herbs-bigger-through-pinching-and-harvesting.htm

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Asked by
focused on
May 26, 2012

Q. How many weeks does it take to get mature tarragon?

I have been growing my tarragon for 6 weeks now, and it’s only about 1 inch tall and it’s spread out in the pot. Is this correct? I need to know how long it takes to get a mature tarragon plant.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 28, 2012
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Well, depending on the type of tarragon you have, I would guess about 90 -120 days after planting (seeds) that it would be mature. They also grow 2-3 feet tall.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 23, 2015

Q. Growing Tarragon in Pot

My stems bend and it goes over the edge of the pot. I was wondering if anyone could suggest to use something to keep it up and not bend over the edge. I was going to put a trellis to keep it going up. I live in the rainforest in Hilo. Would that be something I should try?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
February 24, 2015
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Anything you can work out that will hold the stems upright is fine. A trellis might work, or 3 or 4 long stakes or wires, with some yarn, tape, or wire strung between - let your creativity run wild.
You might want to put your tarragon in higher light. The stems might need to be stronger. This article has general information on growing herbs in pots: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hgen/growing-herbs-in-containers.htm

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