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Bicolored Shiso

(Perilla frutescens var. crispa)
We import this unique and easy to grow shiso because it is aromatic, tasty, and ...

(Perilla frutescens var. crispa)
We import this unique and easy to grow shiso because it is aromatic, tasty, and really beautiful in the garden. The fringed 3 inch leaves are a striking blue-green on top and dark burgundy underneath, and absolutely glow in the sun.

The fragrant, branching 2 1/2 foot plants bloom in profusion with pretty plumes of lavender-pink flowers. Shiso’s vibrant flavor is strongly herbaceous and citrusy. The leaves can be enjoyed in pickles, Asian salads, noodle dishes and sushi rolls. 

Seed Count: Approx. 522 / Weight: 0.6 gms
$ 3.19
#5536
#5536
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ANNUAL

Summer/fall harvest
Heat-loving, frost tender

TO PLANT DIRECTLY INTO THE GARDEN

When late spring weather has thoroughly warmed up, sow seeds 1 inch apart in well worked fertile soil in full sun. Cover 1/4 inch deep, firm soil and keep seedbed moist. Germination takes 1 to 2 weeks. After seedlings are well established, thin or transplant 8 inches apart to allow plants room to mature.

TO START EARLY INDOORS

Sow seeds 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix, 4 to 6 weeks before last expected frost. Keep warm and evenly moist, and provide a good light source. When seedlings are large enough to handle and night temperatures are solidly above 50°F (10°C ), acclimate gradually to outdoor conditions before planting in the garden 8 inches apart.

GROWING NOTES

Remember— it is critical to plant Shiso in the garden only after day and nights are solidly above 50°F (10°C). Pinch off growing tips when plants are 6 to 8 inches tall to encourage branching. Harvest sprays of leaves by cutting stems just above two new sprouting lateral branches to get lush regrowth. Keep flower buds pinched off to extend harvesting and feed regularly to promote new growth.

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

May – June
April – July
Full sun

1 inch apart 
1/4 inch deep

7 – 14 days
2 – 2 1/2 feet

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

May – June
April – July
Full sun

1 inch apart 
1/4 inch deep

7 – 14 days
2 – 2 1/2 feet

Cold Winters

May – June

Mild Winters

April – July

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Sow Seeds

1 inch apart 
1/4 inch deep

Days To Germinate

7 – 14 days

Mature Height

2 – 2 1/2 feet

Photos From Our Trial Garden

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