Approximately 5000-6000 seeds per gram Lot# TA15000 Artemisia dracunculus A vigorous variety of Tarragon, this plant produces branching stems in a Forb Habit. It has abundant, narrow, pointed, aromatic emerald green leaves which have a milder flavor than other varieties. It is hardier and easier to grow than other varieties. Tarragon grows to 61-91 cm (2-3’) tall and has a spread that reaches 38 cm (15”). It likes moderate sun, preferring a little shade during the warmest part of the day. It grows well in a rich loamy soil that holds moisture, but drains well. Tarragon propagates best through root division, planting the divisions at least 45 cm (18”) apart. Since tarragon has a shallow root system, care must be taken not to damage the roots when weeding, and special care must be shown during the winter after transplanting, as the root systems will not have developed fully. It self-seeds prolifically.
This seed can be planted indoors or out. If planting indoors, plant 6 weeks before the last frost. To plant the seeds, simply fill a flat or container with an all-purpose potting soil. Sprinkle the seeds on the soil surface and very lightly cover with soil. Mist the soil surface and keep evenly moist until the seeds germinate. The seeds will germinate in about 10 to 14 days. Transplant and thin to 45-60 cm (18-24") apart.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose well-drained soil. Tarragon will grow in a pH range between 6.5 (neutral) and 7.5 (mildly alkaline) with a preferred pH of 6.5.
Planting Depth: Sprinkle the seeds on the soil surface and very lightly cover with soil. Mist the soil surface and keep evenly moist until the seeds germinate.
Germination: 10 to 14 days, but can germinate in as few as 7 to 10 days.
Height at Maturity: 45 cm (18"). Spread: 30 cm (12”)
Days to Maturity: 70-80 days. Pick leaves when plant is able to support harvesting.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Thin to 45-60 cm (18-24") apart.
Additional Information Open pollinated-untreated Seeds. The Russian Tarragon is not as flavorful as the True French Tarragon but it can be started by seed. It thrives in dry, rocky, sandy soil that typically will not support other plant material. Tarragon is unique in that during growth, it seems to have little aroma, yet after the leaves or tops are harvested, the oils concentrate and start emitting their unique tarragon sweet smell.Tarragon can be used in vegetable dishes and soups, mild cheeses, egg dishes, fish and white sauces.Tarragon can be susceptible to whitefly and spider mites but has minimal disease issues.