Why is Tarragon hard to grow

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  1. katherinejones24

    katherinejones24 New Member

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    I bought a pot from a garden centre, repotted and it did the usual sickly slow growth with dying leaves. As it said on the label it likes poor soil I added sand to the compost and still very small new growth with lots of browning leaves. Why is it so hard to grow perennial herbs?
     
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    Grahame Senior Member

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    Hi Katherine, It shouldn't be that hard to grow. What sort of position do you have it in? Are you saying you planted it straight into compost rather than a light potting mix?
     
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    Mine dies right back during winter and shoots again in summer. Are you sure it isn't just responding to a change in seasons?
     
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    Pakanohida Junior Member

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    Tarragon has really REALLY annoying seed to plant growing conditions & I too have grown to hate starting this plant off. I can get Lemongrass to grow easier which makes no sense what so ever to me.
     
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    Be sure that you only plant French Tarragon. It is the culinary type that has new growth that tastes buttery, and older growth that goes into kind of a licorice. It has slender, pointy leaves. The other tarragon, that is often what the seeds are, or one that doesn't have "French" in front of it, is usually a kind of Russian Tarragon that tastes like gasoline to me. I've never found seeds for French tarragon, but I haven't looked that hard. It's usually in all the nurseries.

    Mine grows best in fertile soil, not heavy clay, lots of compost, regular watering. It's not a really heavy feeder, but you'll get more if you feed it at least once a month. You want new growth to always be shooting off it if you like the buttery taste.
     
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    My one dies back and re-grows
    It is tough as old boots and one of the few survivors of the last drought.
     
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    It needs trimming after transplanting as most herbs.
     
  8. Unmutual

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    Tarragon does not like wet feet. Lemongrass does(at least for my observations). I've never actually grown Tarragon, for the record.

    From wikipedia:

     

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