French Tarragon

Started by DAVID - 2068 Saturday, 29 October 2016

Does anybody know if French Tarragon will grow in Sydney? I have read that it dislikes humidity. Related question - Where can I buy genuine French Tarragon plants? ie Artemisia Dracunculus var Sativa. I have read that a lot of the Tarragon available in nurseries is Russian Tarragon, which differs in name by not being "var SATIVA", and differs in taste by being inferior. It"s only advantage is that it is easier to propagate, hence it is commonly sold. Sometimes called "False Tarragon", but of course not usually labelled as such. Thanks, Dave

Mary - 2089 Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Yes, French Tarragon will grow in Sydney though mine died back completely during winter and comes back when it"s warmer. Mine grew well for a few years and now it"s disappeared. Usually available in most nurseries around October. The Russian Tarragon is vile (in my opinion) but looks very different to the French.

Kay - 2170 Monday, 29 January 2018

Yes mine grows well in Sydney too, dies down then comes back You might be able to get one by mail order from "The Diggers Club", in the right season

David - 2068 Monday, 29 January 2018

Thanks Mary and Kay, Back in November 2016 an experienced vegie gardener told me the plants sold in small pots in Bunnings for about $4, and advertised as French were probably French. So I bought one - yeah tastes good to me. Yes it died back to zero in winter, and popped back up when the weather warmed up. Still quite a small plant about 40cm wide and almost 20cm high. How long do they take to grow to a decent size?


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