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 Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.   
  2. Sow seed direct, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds 6 mm deep at 300 mm intervals. Cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well.  
  3. Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate. 
  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. 

     


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 Premium Potting Mix.
  2. Sow seed direct, planting them in clumps of 2-3 seeds 6 mm deep. Cover lightly with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix and water well.   
  3. Water regularly. Once seedlings emerge, thin seedlings and feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  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

Companion plants

  • Other Asian herbs

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Recommended products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.