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Perilla (Shiso) Seeds Perilla frutescens

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Packet $3.95
1 Ounce Package $24.95
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  • Annual; Grows up to 24 Inches Tall
  • Uses: Culinary, Ornamental
  • USDA Zones 3-10

Product Description

Grow Heirloom Herbs - Plant Perilla Seeds

Also known as Japanese Perilla or Shiso, this common culinary herb features attractive reddish purple leaves and a flavor that has been likened to a blend of coriander, cinnamon and citrus. Sometimes called Red Mint, the culinary uses of this powerhouse herb are almost endless--from salads, to sushi to pickling!

  • Fast Facts

    Name:Perilla
    Botanical Name:Perilla frutescens
    Life Cycle:Annual
    Height:Up to 24"
    Light Requirement:Sun / Partial Shade
    Uses:Culinary
    Sowing Method:Direct or Indoor Sow
    Seeds per Pound:NA
    Hardiness Zones:All
    Ships:Year-round
  • Planting Instructions

    Direct sow in late winter/late spring or late summer/autumn.

    Indoor sow by surface sowing the seeds in pots or rays and do not cover – just tamp into soil.  Perilla seeds need light to germinate.  Water from beneath as not to wash away seeds and cover with plastic.  Indoor sow Perilla seeds 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost in your zone.

    Cold stratify seeds – Perilla seeds need cold weather to break down germination inhibitors.  Either place newly sown pots or flats in the refrigerator for 1-3 months or place them outside against a north wall and leave them there until the spring.  Keep soil moist.  You can also place seeds in a bag and store in a refrigerator if not to be planted soon.

    Germination takes 7-14 days depending on the light and soil temperatures.  Seedlings can be thinned to transplanted when they have several sets of mature leaves.

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