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Tarragon flopped and gone woody

EmerionEmerion Carmarthenshire Posts: 421
My French tarragon did really well this year. I’ve ignored it, not cut enough of it, and the branches are now woody for at least half of their length, and have flopped. The tips still look OK,  nice and green. My current plan is to cut back a couple of the branches hard. Then leave it until spring and repeat. Is that a crazy idea? Can you cut into woody stems of tarragon? I know some things might not come back if you do that. 
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,360
    edited August 2021
    My French tarragon is not doing well at all this year.
    I cut mine right back a few weeks ago and it's re-growing, but not with much enthusiasm - I can only guess it's weather related.
    A pity as it's one of those herbs I really look forward to in the summer.
    I moved it into the greenhouse a few days ago to see if that would help.

    PS - my tarragon dies back completely over winter leaving no woody stems
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  • EmerionEmerion Carmarthenshire Posts: 421
    Pete.8 my tarragon is planted in the ground in the polytunnel because every one that I tried outside in pots (as instructed by the seller) died, 3 or 4 of them. We have a lot of wet and windy weather, which I assume was the problem. So I expect yours will improve inside. 
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