red shisho seeds

£3

ornamental herb seeds with indescribable flavour.

Likened to basil, people find it hard to define the flavour. Popular in Japan and all over Asia it is a perfect addition to your curated herb garden. 

why it's special:

  • Great served with raw fish, seafood and pickles.
  • Grow as a micro green for strong flavoured goodness.
  • Fast to grow and thrives in garden containers.

good to know:

Plant LightFull sun

Pot PlantsPot friendly

Windowsill PlantFuss free


Botanical name: Perilla, Shiso ‘Akajiso’ Red Leaf
Open pollinated, GMO free seeds.

plant size

60 cm
45 cm

conditions

position

Full sun.

soil conditions

soil

Free draining.

urban growing

support

Little watering.
Free draining soil.

when to sow

jan
feb
mar
apr
may
jun
jul
aug
sep
oct
nov
dec

when to harvest

care tip

Try growing as a micro green for compact goodness and strong flavour.

details

botanical name
Perilla frutescens var. crispa

other names
Japanese or Chinese Basil, Purple Mint.

plant type
Biennial

pot size
50 cm

pet / baby safe

approx. number of seeds
300

sowing guide
Surface sow 2-3 seeds per hole on firm, damp soil and pat down. Pop a newspaper sheet over the lot and keep in the shade to germinate.

about red shisho

Perilla frutescens var. crispa, also known by its Japanese name shiso, is a cultigen of Perilla frutescens, a herb in the mint family Lamiaceae. It is native to the mountainous regions of China and India, but is now found worldwide.

in the records

Shiso was originally grown for lamp oil. Seeds were crushed to make the oil, the practice died out due to the expense. The plant had a resurgence when it was discovered to be an asset both in the kitchen and the medicine cabinet.

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