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W462

Red Shiso

Perilla frutescens

 

A staple in Japanese diets for centuries, the leaves of this Asian herb are dark purplish-red and quite curly, growing to 4 feet high and are very striking as an ornamental.  Flavor is hard to describe, some say it is like coriander, others notice a basil-like or cinnamon flavor. Leaves are used fresh to season fish, and wrapped around almost anything. Flowering shoots are fried in tempura, or used in soups. The seeds are ground and are one of the "seven spices". 300 seeds 

 

Planting

Annual

Germination:  10-21 days

Seed Planting Depth: on surface, lightly press in

Starting Indoors/Outdoors:  Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-75 degree soil temperature.Transplant 8-12" apart.  Sow outdoors in the spring,  every 1-2", thin to 6-12" apart. 

Light Needs:  Full sun 

Soil Needs:  Fertile, moist but well drained

Uses:Culinary, medicinal, ornamental

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RM
07/23/2019
Ramona M.
United States United States
I recommend this product

What a treat!

The seeds were very viable and many of them sprouted. We had a bit of bad luck with a slug, but the plants we have are productive and happy. Shiso is really something special.

RM
04/10/2019
Rica M.
United States
I recommend this product

Red Shiso

Very good germination rate, faster than I expected,using heat mat and light, and after planting out, it is growing well so far. I’m going to try using the mature leaves to dye silk.. Also I have a recipe for a summer drink made from the leaves. I’ve made it before—delicious, but it takes a lot of leaves to make one batch of the drink.

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03/15/2019
Elizabeth S.
United States
I recommend this product

Red Shiso seeds

The problem was I ordered 1 pack and received and was charged for 3 packs. I gave away the 2 unwanted packs. The germination % was good, and the starts are growing nicely. I prefer green shiso, but have not had such good luck germinating them.

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08/01/2018
Rachel
DC

Slow to start, but a great plant

Shiso takes some time to germinate, but once it got going it's grown beautifully. It's nice enough looking to be grown just for looks, but it tastes amazing. I add it to salads for flavor and color.

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06/11/2016
icebear

Wonderful

Aromatic- like the best basil with sweet orange aroma, Maybe a bit of clove scent. Make tsukemono pickles with minowase daikon radish (SKU: W482).