The Q&A Archives: Tarragon

Question: How well does french tarragon grow in Oakland California? We have a somewhat mediterrenean micro climate here--cool in mornings, warm in midday, cool at night.

Please give me some tips on growing this wonderful herb.

Answer: French Tarragon, (Artemesia dracunculus) is a perennial hardy to zone 4 so you should be able to grow it. It prefers a location in full to part sun with good air circulation. Grow it in a rich but very well drained, even somewhat sandy, soil with a pH close to 6.9. The plant may reach about two feet high and wide. French tarragon is grown from cuttings, so you must start with a plant rather than seeds.

Richter's Herbs offers single plants, or a "plug" tray. You can reach them at ph. 905-640-6677 or, visit the website at

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