Heirloom and Open-pollinated seeds

Russian Tarragon


Artemisia dracunculoides

Min qty: 0.5 g

Russian tarragon differs from the French variety in a couple ways.  First, French tarragon can only be propagated through cuttings while the Russian variety can be planted from seed as a perennial down to zone 4.  The Russian variety has a milder, more subtle flavor than its French counterpart, while both are used in fish, egg, meat and cheese dishes.

Choose the right location: Russian tarragon prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Choose a location that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and has well-draining soil.

Start seeds indoors 6 weeks before your last frost date or sow directly after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to 60-70F. Plant seeds 1/16" deep and keep evenly moist until germination, typically 10-14 days. Tarragon requires light to germinate, so don't plant too deep.

Transplant the seedlings and thin to 18-24" between plants.

Provide support: Russian tarragon can grow up to 3 feet tall and may need support to prevent it from falling over. Stakes or bamboo poles can be used to support the plants as they grow.

Water regularly: Russian tarragon requires regular watering, especially during dry spells. Water deeply once or twice a week to ensure the roots are receiving enough moisture.

Prune regularly: Regular pruning will keep the plant from becoming too tall and leggy, and it will encourage bushier growth. Prune the tips of the plants every 2-3 weeks to promote branching.

Fertilize: Russian tarragon benefits from occasional fertilization with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer every 4-6 weeks, or as needed, to keep the plants growing strong.

Harvest: Russian tarragon can be harvested any time during the growing season. Harvest the leaves by snipping them off with scissors or by pinching them off with your fingers.