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Showy Bicolor Shiso

Showy Bicolor Shiso

SKU: 646143055363

We import this unique and easy to grow shiso because it is aromatic, tasty, and really beautiful in the garden. The fringed 3 inch leaves are a striking blue-green on top and dark burgundy underneath, and absolutely glow in the sun. The fragrant, branching 2-2½ foot plants bloom in profusion with pretty plumes of lavender- pink flowers. Shiso’s vibrant flavor is strongly herbaceous and citrusy. The leaves can be enjoyed in pickles, Asian salads, noodle dishes and sushi rolls. 

Seed Count: Approx. 522



Summer/fall harvest
Heat-loving, frost tender



When late spring weather has thoroughly warmed up, sow seeds 1 inch apart in well worked fertile soil in full sun. Cover 1/4 inch deep, firm soil and keep seedbed moist. Germination takes 1 to 2 weeks. After seedlings are well established, thin or transplant 8 inches apart to allow plants room to mature.



Sow seeds 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix, 4 to 6 weeks before last expected frost. Keep warm and evenly moist, and provide a good light source. When seedlings are large enough to handle and night temperatures are solidly above 50°F (10°C ), acclimate gradually to outdoor conditions before planting in the garden 8 inches apart.



Remember— it is critical to plant Shiso in the garden only after day and nights are solidly above 50°F (10°C). Pinch off growing tips when plants are 6 to 8 inches tall to encourage branching. Harvest sprays of leaves by cutting stems just above two new sprouting lateral branches to get lush regrowth.

NOTE: Can self-sow aggressively. Keep plants from spreading by cutting spent flowers so they don't drop seeds. Do not plant near natural areas.

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