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    Default Perilla

    I'm writing about Perilla frutescens (shiso plant; beefsteak plant) at the moment - a plant that I succeed in growing from seed about once every 8 or 9 years! Famously, it's easy to grow but hard to germinate. I used to happily buy plug plants each year as back-up, but sadly no-one seems to be selling them this year.

    In the piece I'm writing I'll have to confess my failure rate as a shiso germinator, but rather than leave readers depressed, I thought I'd ask around: does anyone have any tips for getting perilla to germinate?

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    I didn't even know it existed until now. Do you grow it for the seeds or the leaves?

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    I've only bought it as a plant, not tried it from seed, sorry.

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    I've tried it for the first time this year. It took a while, but it seemed to germinate just fine (I think at room temperature, but they may have spent some time in my cheap heated propagator), even though lots of other seeds from the same supplier haven't done anything. I did soak the seeds in water overnight before sowing them.

    Maybe just beginner's luck?
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    I like using the heated propogator to germinate perilla shiso,I don't cover the seeds too deeply and sow them in the same way as basil. The seeds aren't covered too much, compost watered first, seeds added, sprinkle compost very finely on top, gently press down and it should be good to go. I find they don't show up as well when covered thickly,but maybe that's just me
    Sounds easy, but you have to wait a while before they show
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    I to never heard of them,there is info on Alys Fowlers web site,comes in various ones,and is a herb.
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    yes it's a herb, I think it's sometimes referred to as Japanese basil, though I may be wrong

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    Default How not to grow perilla

    So, what do you think happens when the newbie gardener feels a little smug that she managed to get her perilla to germinate?

    Perilla-whoops.jpg

    Bad words were said...

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