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Purple Shiso (Perilla) Seeds


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Shiso (is Perilla frutescens) is an Asian cuisine herb.  Although it is a member of the mint family, it looks a little like an exotic Basil. 

Urban Bounty Purple Shiso seed packets include approximately 250 seeds - plenty for a small city garden.

What is Purple Shiso (Perilla)?

This heirloom variety is a deep maroon that looks absolutely stunning in the garden.  If left to bloom, it has lavender flowers.  It will add a touch of tropical to your city space, and fit in just as easily in a cottage garden. Left to its own devices, Purple Shiso can grow anywhere between 45 and 75 cm tall, and just as wide, so it is a great mid-sized plant to fill gaps in your garden. Shiso is suitable for growing in pots.

Culinary Uses for Purple Shiso (Perilla)

In Japan, Shiso leaves and seeds are used for making tempura.  The leaves taste like a cross between mint, cinnamon and licorice (imagine that!), so they can definitely spice up a green salad. Pick the leaves as needed. 

Growing Conditions - Purple Shiso (Perilla)

Shiso is a medium-care plant - it can be tricky to get going, but once settled, it is likely to self-seed and return each year.  The secret to growing Shiso from seed, is to chill the seeds in moist sand or the fridge before sowing, and then sprinkle the seeds and press them on top of the soil to germinate.  (Shiso seeds need light to germinate).

Shiso thrives in part shade - full sun and mildly acidic, rich free draining soil.  The leaves are tender - they won't tolerate cold, frost or wind.  On the positive side, it is heat and drought tolerant.  (Water sparingly, taking care not to overwater.) Basil, Parsley and Tomatoes are good companion plants for Shiso.

Shiso dies back over winter, but it has a tendency to spread, so it is best to plant it in a contained space. Pinch out the flowers so that your plants will bush out (this will also discourage self-seeding). 

 Growing Instructions - Purple Shiso Seeds

  • Direct sow: Early spring (presoak and chill)
  • Spacing: 30 cm apart
  • Sowing depth: 1-2mm (scatter on top of soil and press in)
  • Keep soil consistently moist (but not soggy) while germinating
  • Germination: 7 - 21 days
  • Harvest: 80 days 

        We offer a replacement guarantee

        To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

        What will postage cost?

        Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

        Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

        If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

        If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

        How often do you dispatch?

        To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

        How do you package your products?

        We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


        Where do you deliver to? 

        We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

        South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

        While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

        We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

        Do you deliver to post office boxes?

        Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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