It`s known as the dragon to many gardeners and just like its name, how to grow tarragon can be a bit of a mystery. In fact, to the general public the herb itself seems to have been forgotten.
I think so anyway! When I mention tarragon to family and friends they draw a blank. If they do happen to have heard of it they more likely than not have never tasted it which is a shame.
I absolutely love the taste, and as a young woman would often pick up a tin of chicken and tarragon soup in the supermarket as I never got sick of the stuff. But now it has faded a bit into the background despite its distinctive aniseed aroma and bitter sweet almost minty flavour.
French tarragon (the more widely used kind) is sterile. That means the flowers if they do manage to develop will not produce seed. Some plant and seed suppliers say they have 100% French tarragon seeds. How is this possible if the flowers are sterile. There seems to be an air of mystery surrounding this herb.
What I want to know is why are the flowers sterile? Is the species a hybrid? I have searched for a direct and simple answer but have not come across any suitable explanation yet. When I do I will update this page.
Here is a step by step method on how to grow tarragon from an existing plant. Far better to do it this way than to buy seeds, plant them and wait forever for the flowers to appear. That would be like planting a feather and hoping it would grow a hen. Hmmm?
Stem cuttings are another way to propagate new plants but on this site we want to keep it simple, so root divisions is the best option. But if you feel you would like to take the leap then here is how you do it.
No it has nothing to do with Bruce Lee and his culinary tastes. Tarragon has the reputation of having such twisted roots that they look like a dragons tail or a serpent. On the other hand there are the myths and legends that tell of the strange beliefs that tarragon could cure the bites of snakes and other dragon-like creatures.
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