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Perilla Kneannip

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Perilla Frutescens

StoryThis is a bold and beautiful bi-colour perilla. It was donated to us as a plug plant by Max - head grower at the Ottolenghi Kitchen Garden at Wolves Lane. It did really well in our greenhouse in 2023, despite going in quite late, it even flowered and set seed. It’s in the mint family and has a really unique aromatic flavour with deep umami undertones. Seeds need light to germinate so surface sow and keep moist by misting. Better germination is achieved by soaking seeds in water overnight before sowing. 

When to sowMarch - July direct

Requirements: nutrient-rich soil, regular watering, and a lot of sun.

Harvest: June – October

Need to isolate: No

Seed Grown: Omved Gardens

Seed harvested: 2023

Please remember, if you’re an individual grower you can order up to 3 packets of seeds. If you order more than this, you will receive just three packs to begin with. This is to ensure we get plenty of data in return and to keep our stocks sustainable for years to come.* 

*Community groups and Experienced Growers can order larger quantities, please email us if this is the case.

If an item is out of stock we will send a close alternative.