The Q&A Archives: Growing French Tarragon

Question: Can I grow tarragon where I live? If so, how? How much does it cost?

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.

Many nurseries and mail order houses carry French Tarragon, including Burpee. During 1998, Burpee shipped herb plants only in spring as is typical for many mail order nurseries. You may wish to visit the Burpee web site at or call toll free at 1-800-888-1447 Mon.- Fri. 9 am - 8 pm ET, Sat. & Sun. 9 am - 5 pm ET to verify current prices and/or request the catalog.

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