Renee's Garden - 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.
Butterfly & Hummingbird favorites
Pollinators & Beneficials
Great in containers
Heat-loving, frost tender
Instructions - 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 the 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. Sow seeds 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix, 4 to 6 weeks before the 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, acclimate gradually to outdoor conditions before planting in the garden 8 inches apart. Remember— it is critical to plant Shiso in the garden only after days 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.
- Plant in May-June for cold winters; April-July for mild winters
- Full Sun
- Sow seeds 1" apart and 1/4" deep
- 7-14 days to germinate
- Mature Height: 2-2.5 feet
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