Vegetables and Fruit forum: anybody grow french tarragon?

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Name: Duane
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duane456
May 21, 2012 8:05 PM CST
I'm contemplating trying to grow french tarragon. Anybody grown it? Do's and Don'ts? I'm all ears!
Name: melva wheeler
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melva
Jun 11, 2012 9:48 AM CST
I had a big clump of French Tarragon a few years ago...it grew well for years and just suddenly died. I am trying again with a new plant..it has only been planted for about 6 weeks and is doing well. I bet it would do well for you in Oregon...
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Jun 12, 2012 5:58 PM CST
Yeah, I grew it in zone 6b/7a in TN, lightly amended clay soil with a few hours of shade in summer. It was perennial, mine even set seed, which I've read is pretty unusual, but I didn't get any seedlings.
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 12, 2012 7:46 PM CST
I planted mine in 75% shade and it lasted late Autumn to late Winter/Spring. Then pooped out. Not surprising in this heat.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 19, 2012 7:06 AM CST
I usually have this plant in my herb bed , it usually stays about 3-4 years then dies out .
It can be propagated by cuttings,I normally do this in the spring when I want to share with friends. It is a bit finicky for me and I get a 50% rate on cuttings.
I don't care much for anise / lickerish flavor so it doesn't get used much.
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Jun 19, 2012 10:31 AM CST
Susie, I wonder if we could "over-summer" it via cuttings.
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 20, 2012 11:50 AM CST
Sheryl ... I was JUST thinking the same thing!! Summer Winds on Tatum and Bell gets a good supply in during Fall as I remember. I may check them out on Friday. May be a good time (or last time) to start cutting until November.

Also, RE: starting cuttings. I read in an article at SFGate.com a few weeks ago that the very best time to take cuttings is VERY early morning. Apparently some sort of juices are flowing in the plant that stimulates new roots sprouting.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 20, 2012 2:22 PM CST
Susie , that is a good thing to know
sounds like a ''tip'' to me (hint hint) Smiling
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 20, 2012 2:34 PM CST
Cinda,
I'll research to see if it's true. I'm sure it is but I need to confirm. Will post when I get a pic of a cutting. Good idea!
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 20, 2012 7:54 PM CST
Thumbs up
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Jun 20, 2012 9:59 PM CST
Ha - I was at Summerwinds just today - knowing that I was going to hate myself for buying anything (that I would actually have to plant and maintain through this summer) but completely unable to resist a Rosemary, a 6 pk of portulaca and a 6 pk of Victoria Blue salvia. Whaddya think my chances of any of it actually surviving?
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Jun 21, 2012 12:11 AM CST
Might have luck with the portulaca. At least it has a slim chance of "coming back" in Fall if it fails in Summer. Salvia, maybe. Rosemary, probably.

When I buy plants I ALWAYS soak them in their containers THEN plant the ground (newly dug holes filled with water). Gives them a chance in hades.

Isn't it sad here in Phoenix. We want so badly to mesh with the "Spring" planting calendar... when our spring is gone in Feb/Mar. The nursery plants have been nurtured in San Diego, trucked for 8 hrs to our nurseries, hydrated, sold and die in June. Just because we want a pretty garden. How can this be? J/K Smiling
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Jun 21, 2012 10:15 PM CST
OMG, too true!
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