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Shiso in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Perilla frutescens

 

Shiso

'Shiso' is an oriental favourite herb, used in salads and sea-food dishes. It is a member of the mint family, and its cultivation is much like growing basil. The leaves have a flavour of cumin, mint, nutmeg, and anise combined.

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plant Features
  • Shiso likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Shiso likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Shiso is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Shiso likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Shiso

Latin name

Perilla frutescens

type

Annual or short-lived perennial

family

Lamiaceae

ph

5.6 - 7.8 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Shiso likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Shiso is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Shiso likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Shiso likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Shiso is 0.50meters x 0.50meters 0.50 M 0.50 M

Perilla frutescens

'Shiso' is an oriental favourite herb, used in salads and sea-food dishes. It is a member of the mint family, and its cultivation is much like growing basil. The leaves have a flavour of cumin, mint, nutmeg, and anise combined.


Flowering Season

From Mid Summer TO Late Summer

It is in flower from from mid to late summer, and the seeds ripen in early autumn. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.

 

Planting young plants

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Plant in light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and it prefers well-drained soil, in a site where the plants will get at least 6 hours of sun a day.. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. Water freely during dry periods.

 

Propagation by Seed

From Late Spring TO Early Summer

Fill a seed tray with seed compost,water and allow to drain. Sprinkle seeds over the surface allowing roughly 25mm space between seeds and cover with a thin layer of compost. Put tray in a clear polythene bag and place on a windowsill. When seedlings show remove plastic bag. When the second pair of leaves appear on the seedlings thin out to 50mm spacing by removing the weakest looking plants. After 2 or 3 weeks and when danger of frost has passed plants can then be planted outside into required position.

 
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