Tarragon is a must have herb around the house if you like to cook. With a somewhat robust flavor, between bitter and aniseed, it is usually part of the herbal mixtures used to marinate meat or fish. You can grow it yourself as it is an easy herb to have at home.
If you would like to grow tarragonit is time to know its needs and characteristics in order to offer the plant everything it needs to develop without complications.
Tarragon is a perennial herb that belongs to the Compositae family. It is believed to be native to Central Asia although no one can confirm this for sure. Today it grows wild in southern Europe and is also cultivated in the fields of northern Europe. There are several types, although the most used are French and Russian tarragon, which have been baptized with the name of the place where they live.
The plant is quite small so you can grow it in a pot. It grows to 60-120 cm and is a plant that forms a bush.
To thrive, tarragon must have deep, permeable soil. It does not tolerate clayey or humid soils and needs soil with a slightly alkaline pH. On the other hand, it is important that the plant is located in a cool and airy place since humidity is a problem for it. For this reason, we must pay attention to watering, which must be regular but without excess to avoid flooding. Ideally, a temperate climate is difficult, as it is difficult for tarragon to temperatures that are too high or too low.
The plant is multiplied by cuttings so to have your plant you must have one and let it root and then transplant it and water it, this always between the months of April and May. Under normal conditions, it should sprout after a month and a half.
The tarragon harvest occurs in summer, so it is a good time to cut the tender stems, always before they bloom. Always cut to 10 cm. from the ground so that the plant can re-sprout. Once cut, let them rest in a ventilated place to dry.
Plagues and diseases
Among the most common pests and diseases are those linked to fungi, which tend to attack the plant when the habitat is too humid.The most frequent is rust, which is produced by a fungus and whose symptom is the appearance of reddish spots on leaves.