Seeds - Sweet Mace (Mexican Tarragon)
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Description: Sweet Mace is a synonym for Mexican Tarragon - a plant we have loved for years at Sage Garden as an all-season and container-friendly alternative to the classic French Tarragon (which must be planted in the garden to thrive). The leaves possess a wonderful anise aroma and flavour that is delicious in both savory and sweet recipes.
Pack Size: 250 seeds
Latin Name: Tagetes lucida
Alternative Names: Mexican Tarragon, Mexican Mint Marigold
Main Uses: Culinary
Zone Hardiness: Zone 9
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 35 cm (14 inches)
Flower Color: Yellow
Flowering Time: Late summer or fall
Germination Instructions: Seeds can be started any time of the year indoors - the plants are one of the better indoor herbs.
For spring/summer plants, sow 4 - 6 weeks before average last frost date. Plant in peat or coir starter pots, using an organic seed starting mix. Pre-moisten soil and apply liquid kelp (such as Sea Magic Kelp). Sow 3 - 5 seeds per pot. Transplant to larger pots or the garden once roots have grown through to bottom of starter containers.
Harvesting: Harvest leaves frequently, using sharp scissors.
Growing in Containers: Very well-suited for containers, 6 inches and up.
Fertilizing (Containers): Feed with balanced organic fertilizer through season.
Watering (Containers): Water containers deeply when top inch feels dry to the touch. Monitor every day or two during very hot weather.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Well-suited for larger mixed planters. Think square foot gardening!
Fertilizing (Garden): Amend garden soil with compost annually. No further fertilizer required.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
Suitability for Indoors: Very well-suited for indoors, provided excellent sun or grow lights.
Exposure: Full sun or grow lights.
What about Grow Lights? T5 or 26 - 54w CFL full-spectrum lights are ideal
General Indoor Care: Pinch plants frequently to encourage bushiness. Although Sweet Mace/ Mexican Tarragon can thrive indoors without supplemental light, it is much more productive and full when grown under grow lights.
Indoor Container Suggestions: Minimum 6" container with drainage holes.
Winter Fertilizing: Fertilize monthly through winter with an organic plant food
Winter Watering: Water deeply as soil dries to the touch.