Surface sow and press in lightly; requires light for germination.
Start indoors about 8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 65-75°F.
Direct sow after last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Perilla or shiso is a flavorful and decorative herb with square stems declaring its mint family membership. Its aromatic profile has been described as melding coriander, basil, cinnamon, anise, and citrus. Native to Southeast Asia, it thrives in the heat and humidity of high summer, offering lush green or violet-purple leaves that elevate wraps, stir-fries, and cooked or pickled dishes. Victorian gardeners paired curled leaf varieties with coleus in their lavish ornamental gardens; today, it mixes well with other summer annuals in informal cottage gardens. Harvest leaves before flowering starts and deadhead to avoid excessive self-sowing. It can be invasive in southeastern states.
Drought tolerant; keep moist until established. Then water during dry spells.
Not particular about soil pH.
Mix about 2-4" of compost into soil prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
No major pests or diseases.