Perilla, Japanese Shiso

Planting season: year round in tropical climates; in temperate climates plant after the danger of all frost has passed. ​Perilla seeds have dormant characteristics and seeds will not germinate during this period. The dormant period can begin any time just after the fresh seeds are harvested and may end within several months or more. Seeds will have good germination after this dormant period finishes. The dormant period can be broken or shortened if the seeds will be kept inside the refrigerator from a few weeks to a month. Also, seeds require light to germinate and should be covered only with a very thin layer of soil when sowing. Soil should be kept moist at all times during the germination. Germination takes 2-3 weeks.
Soil: rich, fertile, well draining soil.
Sowing depth: sprinkle the seeds on the surface of the soil and barely cover. Perilla seeds need light to germinate, so make sure not to bury the seeds deeply, so that light can still reach them.
Spacing: 30cm apart (if grown directly in the ground, inside the garden). If grown in pots/containers, plant 1-2 plants per pot.
Light: full sun (6-8h a day for the best performance). If afternoon sun is burning hot, provide some shade.
Watering: regular to keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Water when soil feels dry to the touch.
Fertilizing: optional, but recommended for healthy and abundant growth. We highly recommend using TSM Organic Growth Activator to speed up the germination of the seeds, support healthy growth and promote abundant flowering.
Pests & diseases: two spotted mites, bacterial wilt, damping off, downy mildew. Aphids, spider mites, whiteflies. We highly recommend using TSM Organic Neem Oil for a natural overall protection & treatments against pests and diseases.
Companion plants: basils, parsley.

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