French Tarragon Herb Plant
One of the must have herb plants in any garden or kitchen.
Artemisia dracunculus 'French Tarragon'
About the Tarragon 'Family': Tarragon is a perennial herb from the Asteraceae family which is widespread across most of Eurasia and North America. Tarragon is listed as one of the fines herbes of French cuisine and is the main flavouring component of Bearnaise Sauce. It is also used to make Tarragon vinegar and is a key ingredient in Potica and is very popular in Eastern Europe and Russia. The flavour is slightly anise which compliments fish or poultry very well. The plans themselves usually have slender, branched stems with elongated, glossy green leaves.
About French Tarragon: An upright, evergreen perennial herb with very aromatic, dark green foliage. French Tarragon is without a doubt the best Tarragon variety for use as a culinary herb. It doesn't usually flower or produce any seed so is grown from cuttings or root division. It has a far superior flavour and scent when compared to Russian Tarragon but is less hardy.
Grows to a height of around a 1m tall and spreads to about 35cm.
Is this Russian Tarragon
No, Definitely not, Russian Tarragon has it's uses but does not have any where near as good a flavour as French. This variety can not be grown from seed and we grow all of our plants from cuttings.
Is this plant "garden ready"
Maybe, we prefer our plug plants (also known as starter plants) to be potted up before going into the garden. The ideal size is a 9 cm pot, but it can be slightly smaller or larger if you would prefer. In the warmer months you may get away with planting straight out, but it is probably not worth the risk.
What compost should I use?
A good quality multipurpose compost is idea for this. You can use your own compost but make sure you know that it is not too high (or low) in nutrients.
Will I get the plants in the picture?
Yes, In the main picture. As this plant is a starter plant it may not look exactly the same at the moment but will grow to be the same as the picture. The plug plant picture is used to give you an idea of size and may not be the same variety.
Are all of these plants Hardy?
It can be, but Tarragon will always need a bit of protection from the cold weather. If you can bring the plant in during the winter that would be best.
What is a plug plant?
A plug plant is a small starter plant that is perfect to pot up in to a larger plant. We grow and sell so many of these because the allow us to do it for such a good price.
Is the plug plant in the picture the one I will get?
No, we use this picture just to give you an idea of the size of the plant.