Hojiso Perilla

Quick Facts:

    • Truly bicoloured leaves
    • Strongly flavoured
    • Works well in containers
    • Easy to grow

Hojiso Perilla


Perilla frutescens var. crispa. This highly ornamental shiso variety has entirely bicoloured leaves with bright leafy green above and rich burgundy beneath. All parts of the plant can be used, but the immature leaves and flowering tips are particularly tender. Hojiso Perilla Shiso is s strongly flavoured herb that is much loved in Japanese and Korean cuisine. The broad, highly serrated leaves can be used to wrap bites of food. The flower tips can be added to salads or used to garnish soups. The leaves can be used to dye foods such as pickled ginger. Even the fresh seeds are edible and can be pickled. The plant is a warmth-loving annual that grows to 100cm (39") tall in the garden. In containers it may remain somewhat more compact at 40cm (16") tall.

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0.5g (approx. 400 seeds) HR1201A $3.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
2.5g (approx. 2000 seeds) HR1201B $6.99 Unavailable  
10g (approx. 8000 seeds) HR1201C $11.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
50g (approx. 40000 seeds) HR1201D $26.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
250g (approx. 200000 seeds) HR1201E $107.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock

Quick Facts:

    • Truly bicoloured leaves
    • Strongly flavoured
    • Works well in containers
    • Easy to grow

How To Grow

How to grow Shiso from seed. Shiso is a strongly flavoured member of the mint family. Its leaves have a tangy flavour of cumin, mint, nutmeg, and anise combined. In stature it resembles a large basil plant, and the cultivation is very similar to growing basil.

Perilla frutescens var. crispa
Family: Lamiaceae


Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun

Start indoors in early spring, a couple of weeks after the last frost date, or direct sow outdoors in late spring, once night time temperatures are steadily above 8°C (45°F).

If starting indoors, use equal parts sterilized seed starting mix to perlite. Mix well and add to seed trays with domes. Use bottom heat from a Seedling Heat Mat to maintain a soil temperature of 20°C (70°F). Seeds should germinate in 7 to 14 days. Be careful not to over-water, particularly once seeds have germinated, as the seedlings are prone to damping off. Remove the dome at germination, but maintain bottom heat until seedlings are large enough to pot on into larger containers.

Alternatively, direct sow outdoors into well-drained garden soil. Seeds should germinate in 14 to 20 days.

Shiso does best in full sun to partial shade, in fertile, well-drained soil. Allow transplants to become established, and then grow as you would basil — pinch growing tips regularly to produce bushier plants with more leaves. Water regularly, more so in hot weather. If growing in containers, mix equal parts potting soil and composted fine bark. Orchid bark works well.

Pick leaves as needed throughout the summer, and harvest the flowering tops in late summer. As autumn approaches, harvest the seeds for planting next spring.

Seed Info
Usual seed life: 1 year.

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