Perilla frutescens var. crispa (Red Shiso)

A hugely popular container herb in Japan, which looks and tastes delicious in pesto and salsa verdes More
500 seeds 100043 £1.95 In stock
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Intense tasting Japanese herb and salad leaf, which looks brilliant in any sunny spot in the garden. It has an intense, slightly gingery taste.

Genus Perilla
Group/Species frutescens
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Shiso
Border Position Front, Middle
Soil Type Fertile
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing 15-30cm (6-12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Start the seeds indoors in March/ April. Press the seeds into the growing media and cover lightly with compost. Keep out of direct sunlight and keep moist until germination which occurs 2-4 weeks later. You can speed the germination process up by sowing into a length of guttering under cover and transplanting outside.
Care Tips Position the young plants in full sun with a fertile moist soil that is well-drained. Give the plants some protection from cold nights with a cloche, until they are growing well.
Flowering August - September
Storing Store in a tub in the fridge with a sheet of kitchen paper
Harvesting May - August New tender leaves may be eaten
Cooking Notes Use as a herb, as you would use basil.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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