The easiest and most successful way to grow tarragon!
If your question is how to grow tarragon in the Philippines then you are at the right place, here you will learn the easiest and most successful way to grow tarragon at home. So stay tuned with us and read the article thoroughly!
How to grow tarragon in the Philippines
Before growing tarragon in the Philippines you need to determine the type of tarragon you need. Tarragon comes in two varieties, French tarragon, and Russian tarragon. Usually, French tarragon is used for cooking and it is a little difficult to grow at home, in contrast, Russian tarragon does not taste good and is not used for cooking or flavoring. Many gardeners grow Russian tarragon for decorating purposes.
So, if you desire to grow tarragon for cooking and flavor then go ahead with French tarragon, or if you want to attract your friends or want to beautify your balcony or kitchen window sill then choose Russian tarragon. Ok, so let’s see how to grow tarragon in the Philippines, stay tuned with us and follow the instructions below.
When to grow tarragon in the Philippines
According to the sources, the best season to grow tarragon is in April or earlier when the threat of frost is completely gone. So start growing tarragon in the summer season and take advantage.
Supplies you need
- Certified seeds or plant
- Potting mix soil
- Digging tool
- Pot or container
How to grow
Gather tarragon seeds or plant
Before choosing the French tarragon variety, you need to know that French tarragon is difficult to grow from seed, plus it is very rare to find French tarragon seeds. If you successfully want to grow tarragon in your home then you need a whole plant, after you can transplant them into your home garden. However, you can buy it from the nursery or you can pick it up from your friend’s garden. Or you can choose the variety available at your nearest nursery.
Choose the location
Before doing any process be clear yourself that where you want to plant tarragon in the home. Like in the garden, rooftop, balcony, or on the window sill. You can grow tarragon anywhere in the home but keep in mind the place you are choosing should come at least 8 hours of sunlight daily. The people who are selecting the yard or garden location, choose the place where the sunlight comes at least 6 to 8 hours a day.
Pick up a pot or container
Choose a perfect container or pot, you don’t need to buy a new pot or container, choose your old container. You can use any type of pot or container available in your home.
- Make a drainage hole at the center of the choosing pot or container. This is for those who are choosing pot and container.
Tarragon prefers to grow in fertile soil that is loamy and moist but only the soil should contain moisture and should not be waterlogged. Before growing tarragon makes sure to check your soil pH. The best soil pH of tarragon is 6.5 to 7.5. For the best result use certified potting mix soil.
- Now, wear the gloves, fill the pot & container with the potting mix soil.
- Leave the pot a little empty from the top, do not fill the pot completely with soil.
- The people who are growing tarragon in the ground make sure your soil is fertile.
Make holes in the soil
Before transplanting and sowing you need a perfect hole for a successful result. If you are planting French tarragon or Russian tarragon, make sure not to damage the roots during the transfer process because both have sensitive roots, if you damage a small part of the roots then may the plant die, so avoid this.
- Make a 2-inch deep pit with the help of any digging tool.
- The holes depend on the number of plants or seeds you are taking. Suppose you are taking 4 saplings for planting or four seeds then make 4 holes of the same size but at a distance of 2 or 3 feet.
- Do this process in both varieties, no matter what variety you are taking.
Transplanting and sowing
Now it’s time for transplanting the plants or seeds that you have bought from the shop.
- If you are taking small plants of any tarragon variety, keep the plant out of the bag. Just gently water the plant and wait for 5 minutes because when you add water to the soil, the grip of the root of the plant will become loose, due to which the plant will come out comfortably and there will be no fear of breaking the root.
- After gently put the plant’s roots in the hole, not a single part will damage.
- For those who are taking seeds, just simply put the seed into the holes, one seed in a single hole.
Cover the holes
If you are a gardener, you better know how to cover the holes with soil.
- Place your plant in the center of the pit and then gently pour soil around it, filling the pit with soil in the same way.
- For seeds, just simply cover the hole with the potting mix soil. Like this cover your all holes.
Water the plants and seeds
After all these processes care depends on water, it is the main thing for a successful result.
- Pour water in such a way that it reaches the root, do not fill the pot with too much water. Only the soil should be wet.
- Water the plants and seeds every two or three days, or once a week it depends on you, only the soil should be wet.
Put the plants in the final location
When all the steps are successfully done, it’s time to put your pots or container to their final location. You can select the best place in your home where the sunlight comes at least 6 to 8 hours a day. Like you can keep them on the terrace, balcony, or on the kitchen window, it’s up to you.
How long do tarragon seeds take to germinate?
After all the process this is a main question of everyone. Generally, tarragon seeds take 6 to 11 days to germinate, but sometimes it takes 12 to 18 days to germinate. It all depends on the care of the seeds, if you are choosing the proper soil, location, and following the proper steps then guaranteed your seeds will germinate on time.
How to Care
As your plant gets older, its care increases even more. It’s not all about burying the seed in the soil, you have to pay attention to the little things. As with daily watering, adequate sunlight, fertilizing plants, pruning to become dense and green, protecting them from insects and disease, and taking care of them in cold weather. So, if you are a beginner gardener then you need to care about these points. Below are some tips to care for tarragon.
- When the plants are 5 to 6 inches long, prune them so that the plant remains dense.
- Use certified compost for a healthy plant.
- Don’t let the soil dry, check the soil every morning, if your soil becomes dry, water it.
- Use insecticides if your plants are defeated by pests.
- If you live in a frost area, cover the plant with plastic polythene or give any type of shade.
When to harvest tarragon in the Philippines
The best time to harvest tarragon in the Philippines is in the late summer, since the plant’s flavor and aroma are at their peak in this season, you should harvest them at this time, then whether you use them for cooking or preserving is up to you.
There are few things you need to pay attention to while harvesting, don’t cut off its entire leaves, your plant may die, so leave some leaves in the plants so that they can grow again.
How to store tarragon leaves
There are two methods to store the leaves, the first one is freezing and the second one is drying. Both the method are easy to do and it also depends on you, do what you find easy. If you don’t know how to freeze and drying the leaves, follow the direction below.
How to freeze tarragon leaves:- Simply you have to keep the leaves on the freezer tray, once they are completely frozen, to store, put the frozen leaves into the freezer bags or in polythene. Now you can use them whenever you want.
How to drying tarragon leaves:- Gather the leaves and put them into the basket, keep that basket in the direct sunlight source, now whether it is a terrace, a window, a garden, or a balcony, and keep them away from water. Once the leaves are completely dry, keep them in a polythene bag or in a jar. Now you are free to use them.
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