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Russian Tarragon is a perennial herb.




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Characteristics of Russian Tarragon

– Russian Tarragon is a perennial herb that can grow up to a height of 12 to 36 inches (30 – 90cm).
– This belongs to the family Compositae.
– This herb is usually blended into Hollandaise, Tartar and Béarnaise Sauce and not so pronounced as its French variety, the French Tarragon.
– Its leaves are shredded and used in flavoring the dishes.
– The leaves are rich in essential Iodine, Vitamins A and C and mineral salts.
– The roots are used for curing toothache by chewing.
– It is much hardier than French Tarragon.
– It is also known as “dragon herb”.
– It is native to a wide area of the Northern Hemisphere from easternmost Europe across central and eastern Asia to India, western North America, and south to northern Mexico.
– The stems are slender and branched.
– The leaves are 2-8 cm long and 2-10 mm broad.
– They are lanceolate and glossy green.
– The leaves are narrow.
– The flowers are 2-4 mm in diameter and small.
– They contain almost 40 florets that are yellow or greenish-yellow in color.
– They spread by underground runners.
– It is used in green salads, in wine vinegar, while cooking roast meat, poultry and fish.
– It is added to butter sauces to go with marrow and artichokes.
– It is used outdoors and in hydroponics.
– It is grown by division, stem cuttings, or layering.

Growing conditions of Russian Tarragon

• Sow the seeds in spring.
• Sow the seeds six weeks before last frost.
• Plant the seedlings 18 to 24 inches (45 – 60cm) apart.
• They grow well in a pH range between 6.5 (neutral) and 7.5 (mildly alkaline) with a preferred pH of 6.5.
• Cut the plants down in the autumn and protect from frost.
• The seed will take 10 to 14 days to germinate.
• Tarragon likes a sunny position.
• This plant needs deep, well-draining and fertile soil.
• It needs 4a to 8b of USDA Hardiness.
• It can be grown in containers.
• One can use Soilless potting mixes, perlite, vermiculite, Rockwool, coco peat and Oasis foam also.
• It needs dividing every 4 years.

Care for Russian Tarragon

• Tarragon likes a sunny position.
• This plant needs deep, well-draining and fertile soil.
• It needs 4a to 8b of USDA Hardiness.
• They grow well in a pH range between 6.5 (neutral) and 7.5 (mildly alkaline) with a preferred pH of 6.5.
• Do not over-water the plant or underwater.
• This plant has Minimal disease issues.
• The usual pests are Whitefly and spider mites.





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