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How to Grow Beefsteak Plant

Perilla Germination Information

Perilla is the botanical name for Beefsteak Plant
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