How to Grow Tarragon – A Beginner’s Guide

tarragon plant growing in garden
Tarragon, which are known botanically as  Artemisia Dracunculus, are a type of herbs that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing tarragon as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Tarragon

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the tarragon seeds mid spring onwards. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when tarragon are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Tarragon the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing tarragon in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your tarragon grow. Generally, your soil should be sandy soils well-drained soil. Soil PH levels should be around 6.5-7.5.

8″ apart. 18″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about  .125″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your tarragon seedlings thin or transplant plants to 18 inches apart when they are 3 inches tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Tarragon

The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your tarragon. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.

Ideally, your tarragon should be getting full sun, which means as much sunlight as you can possibly give it, or at least 6 hours or more.

How Much to Water Tarragon

As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your tarragon do, and the amount of water is no different.

Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your tarragon begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.

Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.

How Long Does it Take Tarragon to Germinate and Grow?

Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your tarragon grow.

It takes approximately 10-14 days to germinate, and a total of 75-100 days from seed to harvest.

When to Harvest Tarragon

The best time to harvest your tarragon is once your tarragon plant has grown at least ten inches tall.

Tarragon can grow up to about  2 or 3 feet in height.

What Can Tarragon Be Used For?

Food Use: Use for cold meat sauces, eggs, and fish dishes!

Flavor Profile:  A distinct spicy sweet flavor.

Can Tarragon Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you will ideally need a 12″+ containerfor each plant. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your tarragon around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Tarragon Safe for Bees?

Yes, tarragon are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing tarragon is bee-friendly.

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