HEIRLOOM Outrageously beautiful and incredibly delicious, shiso is like lemon balm + Thai basil + her own je ne c’est quoi! Shiso’s long, strong stems and showy foliage plus long vase life make it popular in arrangements, as well. Thriving in sun as well as partial shade, shiso is often 3′ tall, slightly taller than classic basil. We savor her young leaves in salad and marinades; we also love to roll sushi with her large leaves instead of nori. Our original seed came from one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever seen in Olympia, Washington. She is magic!
Please note: Plum Shiso germination can vary due to dormancy in the seed therefore, when we share packets of shiso we overpack our packets by 300% to account for this dormancy.
|100 Seeds||$3.95||In stock|
|200 Seeds||$6.80||In stock|
|400 Seeds||$12.80||In stock|
When to sow (Direct Seed recommended): After final frost, sow 2 seeds/inch. Thin & enjoy the thinnings (they are delicious). To sow for transplanting: Sow 2 seeds/cell indoors ~4 weeks before last frost (at Fruition we use soil blocks). Thin to 1. Transplant seedlings after frost.
Full/Part Sun Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
Days to Germination: 5-10 days at 60-70°F
Plant spacing after thinning: 8-12 inches; rows 12-18″ apart
Days to Harvest: 20 days to baby leaf; 45 to full leaf Height: 2-3 feet
Harvest: Harvest before flowering for sweetest flavor.