Perilla frutescens

One of the most important herbs in Japanese cuisine. Use like basil or mint! 

Shiso has a wonderfully intricate taste and aroma, which must be experienced to truly appreciate. Shiso has a warm, exotic taste, but with a touch of familiarity. Shiso is a combination of mint, basil, cinnamon and lemon. 

Shiso grows big, decorative leaves. Shiso can be used like mint or basil. It is suitable for both hot dishes and salads, as well as for seasoning homemade lemonade. Try stuffing a large shiso leaf with fish tartare and wrap into a delicious bundle. 

If your objective is to grow large shiso leavestry boosting growth with extra light. 

Availability: In stock

Category: Herb
Package includes: 3 plant capsules + nutrients
First leaves in: 2 weeks
Growth, size: Slow; Big (4 height blocks)
This plant will need 1-2 extra height blocks for your Plantui in addition to the default 2 blocks which the device is shipped with. We recommend that you get one boosting light block in addition to the regular height blocks
How to cut: Cut from the top. See pruning guide here.
When to eat: You can start eating when the plant is about 1 month old

Additional info:

Shiso germinates in about 12 days. Shiso grows slowly at first but accelerates later. 

There are two options for cutting:
1) Cut Shiso at the top when it is about eight cm tall, and continue harvesting by cutting the stem so that at least one pair of leaves remains. This will make the plant grow new branches with small leaves that can then be harvested.
2) Let shiso grow without cutting the top at all. In this way, the individual leaves become very large. 

Either way, shiso can be harvested about a month after sowing. 


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