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Red-Leaved Perilla Seeds Video
Red-Leaved Perilla Seeds
Powerful Minty-Spicy Fragrance and Flavor!

Red-Leaved Perilla Seeds

(P) Pkt of 200 seeds
Item # 05795-PK-P1
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A great companion to tomatoes!

Very easy to grow, with large leaves in all shades of red and purple!
Red-leaved Perilla (also known as Shiso) is a must-have herb in the sunny garden, just for its beautiful looks and butterfly-attracting abilities if not for its flavor and nutritious value! This annual is a mainstay of Asian cuisine, but is less commonly used in this country, though it grows readily in full sunshine and any well-drained soil, even re-seeding itself in mild and warm climates.

The stems on this plant are a deep violet, keeping their color from spring until frost, and the leaves vary from pink to dark wine-red. Slightly serrated, they can reach up to 6 inches across, leading to one of Perilla's many common names: the Beefsteak Plant. (It's also known as Wild Coleus, Japanese Basil, Purple Mint, and Rattlesnake Plant, among others!) Wonderfully aromatic, the leaves release a scent that is mint-like but also spicy-sweet, like cinnamon or cloves. Fabulous on a hot summer day in the garden, perfuming the entire herb garden or vegetable patch!

A superb companion to Tomatoes, this plant reaches up to 4 feet high in bloom -- and it remains in bloom over a long season in most areas! The 10-inch spikes studded with ¼-inch lavender-pink blooms begin in midsummer and continue through mid-fall, luring butterflies into the garden by the dozen. Leave them on the plant to dry out and their seedpods will rattle when you shake them -- hence the nickname Rattlesnake Plant! But beware -- Perilla re-seeds freely, so if you are planning to let it go to seed naturally in your garden, prepare for a big showing next spring!

Packed with vitamins and minerals, Perilla's flavor echoes its fragrance: strongly anise or licorice with a hint of cinnamon to take the edge off! Chop it up for salads and stir-fries. And if ticks are a problem in your area, rubbing the leaves on your clothing before a hike through the woods is said to repel ticks! Perilla also has many uses in traditional medicine.

Often grown just for its ornamental appearance, Perilla does the annual bed a great favor with its brilliant Coleus-like leaves, strong scent, and butterfly magnetism. Give this herb a try in several parts of the garden this season and see what you think! We predict you'll love the fragrance and the dramatic color of this plant so much that next year you'll have a special area devoted just to its cultivation! Pkt is 200 seeds.

Genus Perilla
Species frutescens
Item Form (P) Pkt of 200 seeds
BloomStartToEnd Mid Summer - Mid Fall
SeedsPerPack 200
PlantHeight 4 ft
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Edible, Fragrance, Variegated
Bloom Color Dark Pink, Light Lavender
Foliage Color Burgundy, Pink, Purple, Red
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Outdoor
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Wonderful plant
camntx from TX wrote (December 13, 2013):
This is absolutely gorgeous; and tasty. It is quite invasive in the Houston area, coming up and lawn, beds and containers, but I really don't mind! I have had it for about 5yrs.
Perilla is the botanical name for Beefsteak Plant
Perilla Germination Information

Perilla Seed Germination How to Sow Perilla:
  • Best sown indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost at a temperature 65-75°
  • Expect germination in 15-20 days
  • Sow outdoors after all danger of frost has passed
  • Do not cover the seeds as light is necessary for germination
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Perilla:
Transplanting: Transplant with care to its permanent place in the garden as Perilla resents being moved

Spacing: Site 12-15 inches apart in full sun or light shade

Soil: Plant in an average to dry soil with good drainage

Additional Care: Pinch when 6 inches tall to induce bushiness. It self sows readily. To grow indoors, provide 55° nights, full sun, and keep the soil evenly moist

Appearance and Use:

This annual is used in borders, beds, and planters, and is grown as a houseplant. The crisp, deeply toothed, reddish purple foliage has a metallic, bronzy sheen. The plants reach 18-36 inches, have square stems, and bear pale lavender- pink or white flowers in 3-6 inch racemes in late summer. Perilla is primarily grown for its foliage

About Perilla:
Pronunciation:  pe-ril’å fru-tes’enz
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Lamiaceae; native to India
Common Name: Beefsteak Plant

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?

The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?

Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.

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