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Russian Tarragon Seeds For Planting (Artemisia dracunculus)

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Russian Tarragon can grow up to five feet tall, but averages about three. It is about 18 inches around and has long, slender, lance-like leaves growing out from a branching stem. Russian Tarragon does well in warm sunny places, in dry, sandy, or rocky soil. It is native to prairies and abandoned places, and is much hardier and grows more readily than the delicate, polymorphic French variety. 

To preserve the flavor, cut plants down to a few inches tall several times a year.

Uses 

Russian Tarragon has less intense flavor than the closely related French Tarragon; if you don't keep the plant pruned back, it will lose taste and perfume. When growing, it will seem to have little flavor, but once harvested, the oils concentrate and flavors bloom. Fresh tarragon is better than dried.

It is flavorful in eggs, sauces and salad dressings. It is often used to season herb vinegars and butters. It is tasty when cooked with fish and chicken. Young stems can be cooked like asparagus. It is used to flavor a popular eastern European soda, and in Persian pickles.

Russian Tarragon has often been used medicinally. It is a good source of potassium and beta carotene. There has been some research on uses of it; one recently found that the essential oil has some antibacterial properties and can assist in preserving food. Others have shown that Russian tarragon especially is helpful in increasing muscle creatine absorption - this is helpful in body building and weight control.

Traditional medicinal uses include as a pain reliever - chew fresh leaves to lessen toothache or make a tea. In fact, chewing on a fresh leaf and waiting to feel the tingly/numbing sensation can help you differentiate tarragon from other, similar appearing plants. It is also used as a sleep soother, as an anti-parasitic, to relieve insomnia, promote good digestion, to stimulate appetite, and to lower the risk of heart attacks.

Sowing The Seed

Tarragon seeds can be started indoors, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost, or directly outside in the garden as well. If started indoors, sow in peat pots, or starter pots, at a depth of 1/16” under topsoil. The seeds can be surface sown as well, since they will require direct light to germinate properly. Transplant when the weather is warm, into large containers, or directly in the garden.

Growing Conditions

Tarragon plants will thrive in an area of full sunlight and temperatures of at least 70F. The soil should be light & fluffy, and also well drained. To improve drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to any areas that contain hard, compact soil. Water the seeds and seedlings daily, with a mist setting, to prevent overwatering.

Germination & Growth

Tarragon seeds will typically take anywhere between 7 and 21 days to successfully germinate, if optimal conditions are met. The plants will reach a mature height of roughly 12 to 36 inches tall and can be spaced about 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. The plants will develop fragrant leaves through the late Spring and Summer months, and can be used to flavor many culinary dishes.


Always fresh and intended for the current and following growing seasons. Seeds are packaged in water resistant / tear resistant packaging.

Heirlooms have been purposely bred, selected & passed down from generation to generation. They are wholesome picks that will breed true to the parent.

We never knowingly purchases treated seed products. We also do not treat any of our seeds with substances such as neonicotinoid or thyram.

Seed Needs promises to never knowingly purchase or supply genetically modified seed products. We have taken the Safe Seed Pledge!

Always fresh and intended for the current and following growing seasons. Seeds are packaged in water resistant / tear resistant packaging.

Heirlooms have been purposely bred, selected & passed down from generation to generation. They are wholesome picks that will breed true to the parent.

We never knowingly purchases treated seed products. We also do not treat any of our seeds with substances such as neonicotinoid or thyram.

Seed Needs promises to never knowingly purchase or supply genetically modified seed products. We have taken the Safe Seed Pledge!

  • Always Non-GMO / Untreated.
  • Stored in a temperature controlled facility that's free of moisture.
  • Always packaged for the current and the following growing seasons.
  • True to the varieties advertised.
  • 99% pure seed with no added fillers.

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Seed Needs has been providing gardeners with quality seed products since 2010 and has shipped millions of packets to happy customers all over the US. We offer flowers, herbs, vegetables, vines, wildflower blends, seed packet collections and seed packet favors.


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