Shiso Herb Seeds (Perilla) - Purple
Shiso is an Asian herb sometimes used as a bedding plant. It lends itself well to pot culture and is very beautiful in a mixed herb garden. Given its vigorous nature, it fills in quickly ensuring plenty for fresh use. There is more than one variety with leaf color ranging from solid green, to red and green to red/purple.
Days to Maturity: Annual, 60-70
Hardiness Zone: 10-11
Planting Depth: 1/4"
Plant Spacing: 10-12”
Growth Habit: Upright/bush
Soil Preference: Rich, moist, and well-drained
Temp Preference: Warm
Light Preference: Full sun to partial shade
Color: Green or red/purple depending on variety, lavender flowers
Flavor: Varies from mint to ginger, cinnamon, citrus
Shiso prefers full sun and grows best in moist, rich soil. Although a warm weather lover, it will do well in partial shade. Sow seeds indoors about 6 weeks before the last frost date. Germination takes up to 2 weeks. Plant outside when young plants have 4 to 6 true leaves. Growing shiso is often compared to basil in terms of growing. Pinch tips for a bushy plant and remove flowers to delay the end of its life cycle.
Once plants are established, harvest leaves for fresh use as needed. The uses of shiso are numerous because of its unique zesty flavor. Add to salads, asian dishes or use in sushi. Try as a substitute for basil in pesto. Incorporate into brew tea for added zing! The red/purple variety can be used to color pickling brine and the unopened flower spikes can be fried, and is often used to make dyes.
- Shiso Seeds - Purple - 0.25 Oz - Perilla frutescens - AKA: Perilla, Beefsteak Plant
- Non-GMO - Open Pollinated - High Germination Rate
- Seeds For: Herb Gardening, Microgreens
- Days to Plant Maturity: 60-85 -- Annual -- USDA Hardiness Zone: Annual Crop Not Intended To Overwinter
- Mountain Valley Seed Company Brand - Premium Quality Seeds
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