How to Grow Shiso
Is shiso easy to grow?
Shiso seeds are very tough and sturdy. You can just seed them in your garden where you want them to grow, but they may take a long time to germinate that way, perhaps 3 to 4 weeks, and quite a few of the seeds may fail. You can sow shiso indoors to give them a start. via
Is shiso a perennial?
The plant occurs in several forms, as defined by the characteristics of their leaves, including red, green, bicolor, and ruffled. Shiso is perennial and may be cultivated as an annual in temperate climates. via
Can you grow shiso indoors?
Shiso will grow in average soil. Seed starting indoors: Sow seed indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost. To improve germination, soak seeds in water for 24 hours before sowing. Grow shiso indoors in bright but indirect light. via
Does shiso grow back?
Shiso can be tricky to get going in your garden, but once it's growing, it is likely to self-seed and come back year after year. The plant does best in full sun and in well drained soil, but it is really not that picky and is a generally low maintenance plant. via
Does shiso need full sun?
Shiso is typically started from seed. To improve germination, soak the seeds in water for 24 hours before sowing, and then sow the seeds outdoors right in your garden or raised bed. The plant prefers full sun but isn't finicky about soil. via
Can you eat shiso leaves Raw?
Shiso comes in green or purple leaves with a slightly prickly texture and pointy, jagged edges, and it has a unique and vibrant taste that I could describe as herbaceous and citrusy. Like most leafy herbs, I find it is best used raw, the leaves whole or chiffonaded. via
Is shiso invasive?
Shiso is not considered to be invasive in the western United States, but is a problem in many southeastern states. Shiso can spread itself and naturalize quickly, so be vigilant about keeping your plantings contained. via
What does shiso smell like?
In the case of shiso, the scents and flavors drawn out are exquisite: An herb with a long history in both Japanese cooking and medicine, shiso leaf smells and tastes fresh—and depending on who you ask, a bit like cinnamon, or basil or even cilantro (it's a member of the mint family). via
How long do shiso seeds take to germinate?
Shiso - Key Growing Information
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-21 days. SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Store seed in the freezer for best germination. Sow in spring after the last frost, 1-2 seeds per inch, in rows 18" apart. Sow seeds shallowly or cover lightly, as light is required for germination. via
What grows well with shiso?
Shiso makes a good companion for tomatoes in the vegetable garden, and bees and butterflies love the tiny flowers that appear on the plants in late summer and early fall. Shiso likes well-drained, sunny areas but can grow in partial shade and heavier soils. via
Is shiso the same as perilla?
Perilla is actually the term for a number of different species of plants in the mint family. The Japanese use shiso, which is smaller and mintier than the broad, rounded perilla leaves favored by the Koreans. The flavor of perilla, grassy with notes of anise or licorice, is pleasing like any other herb. via
What is shiso good for?
The leaf's medicinal qualities are widely touted and have been used for centuries to promote better health. It is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids—essential nutrients that build brain cells, control clotting, and have been reputed to offer protection against heart disease and stroke. via
When should I plant shiso seeds?
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. via
What can I plant next to mint?
Companion Plants to Grow With Mint
How do you keep shiso leaves fresh?
Salted shiso leaves
Just wash and dry the leaves carefully, and pack down in a non-reactive container (glass, ceramic, plastic or enamel - not anything metal) sprinkled with salt between each leaf. Leave, well covered, in the refrigerator for at least a few days. via
What does shiso look like?
Shiso, the aromatic heart-shaped leaf with a saw-toothed edge, is probably most familiar to Americans as a sushi garnish. Both the red and green leaves are slightly astringent. In addition to its traditional uses, we liked shiso tossed into salads as we would herbs such as mint or basil. via
How do you collect shiso seeds? (video)
Is a perennial?
Perennials are plants that can live for three or more growing seasons (oftentimes, especially in St. Louis, bulbs must be planted in autumn to produce spring-blooming plants). Daylilies, peonies and hellebores are common perennial plants. via