Common name: Red Shiso Botanical name: Perilla frutescens Type: Reseeding herbaceous perennial hardy to 20 F Scarification/Stratification: If sowing seed in summer one must give cold treatment for a week. Hardiness: 20F Sow temp/season: Sow cold in early spring. Sow depth/spacing: Sow 1/8 inch deep and press in soil spaced at one seed an inch. Final spacing: 18" apart in rows spaced at two feet. Final height/spread: 4 feet tall and three feet wide pH range: 5.5-7.5 Soil type: Not picky. No swamps or deserts. Root type: Fine deep roots. Nutrition More compost, more shiso. Drainage: Good drainage is good. Sun: The more sun, the more purple and spicy the more shade the more green and mild. Time to maturity: 50 days for leaf harvest, 100 days till seed matures. Behaves like basil. Hilling: None needed. Suckering: None needed. Propagation: Sow seed in a minimum of a one inch plug/pot and transplant up to landscape or in a minimum of 2 gallon pot.