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Commonly named shiso or Zi Su, this ornamental green (sometimes purple) leaves are widely used in Asian cooking to provide a refreshing garnish for fish, rice, tempura and sashimi dishes. Perrila is also known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory quality.

How to grow perilla in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny or part shade spot in your garden with well-drained soil. Enrich with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.   
  2. Sow seed direct, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds 6 mm deep at 300 mm intervals. Cover lightly with Yates Seed Raising Mix and water well.  
  3. Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie and Herb Liquid Plant Food. 
  4. Harvest by snipping or pulling leaves at soil level – this will also help encourage leafier growth. Sow successive crops every 3-4 weeks to extend your harvest window. 

     
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How to grow perilla in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 300 mm wide and deep and position in a sunny or part shade. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.  
  2. Sow seed direct, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds 6 mm deep. Cover lightly with Yates Seed Raising Mix and water well.   
  3. Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Vegie and Herb Liquid Plant Food. 
  4. Harvest by snipping or pulling leaves at soil level – this will also help encourage leafier growth. Sow successive crops every 3-4 weeks to extend your harvest window.

Growing tips

  • In very cold weather, growth may be slower and harvest times will take a little longer


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