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Perilla, Jeok Ssam

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Small bicolor leaves infuse Asian dishes with potent aromatics and flavor.

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A prized ingredient in the cuisine of Korea, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, Perilla’s fragrant leaves, sprouts, seeds and seed oil are used in seasoning, pickling, and as a garnish for sushi and sashimi. Vietnamese variety’s small bicolor leaves—deep green on the top, deep-red purple on the back—infuse dishes with potent aromatics and flavor. Pretty ornamental plants are fine candidates for edible landscaping. At the season’s end, collect seeds from the flower buds: dried seeds can be sprinkled on salad, rice, or added to soups, or tempura.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

50-70 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

30-36 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

5-6 feet

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Spring, Summer

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow

  • For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather.
  • Sow in average soil in a sunny to partially shady area as soon as the ground can be worked.
  • In rows 6-8 inches apart, broadcast seeds on soil surface of the prepared bed and rake in before watering or sow thinly ¼ inches deep. Firm lightly and water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Asian greens also grow well in containers. Use a commercial potting mix rather than garden soil.
  • Thin gradually to stand 4-6 inches apart starting when seedlings are about 3 inches high.
  • Sow weekly. Six feet per week is plenty for most families.

How to Grow

  • Protect spring plantings with floating row covers to keep flea beetles away.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • For baby greens, cut off an inch above the crown when leaves are 4-6 inches tall, allowing the tip to re-grow.
  • Mizuna leaves can be cut at any stage after 3 weeks, but older leaves are not succulent. Flower stalks can be eaten.
  • You can also harvest whole plants by cutting off just below the crown.
  • Stop picking once plants flower as the leaves will become bitter-tasting. Flower stalks are also edible.
  • Wrap the leaves in a clean, wet tea towel, or damp paper towel and place in a perforated plastic bag and refrigerate.
  • Asian greens are best when consumed within 3-6 days of harvest if possible.
Days To Maturity
50-70 days
Full Sun
30-36 inches
5-6 feet
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Spring, Summer
Sow Time
After Last Frost
12 inches
Life Cycle
Perilla, Jeok Ssam is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different from what is pictured. I bought a pack of these seeds and planted some indoors and some outdoors. The ones indoors were grown hydroponically and almost every seed sprouted and grew well. The ones planted outdoors seemed to have a high rate of germination and grew well also. The only problem I had with these seeds was that the plants were not what I expected and do not look like the ones shown in the picture. The ones that grew had dark green leaves with a purplish color covering more than half of the leaf. The plants grown indoors and outdoors looked the same. They were bushy and grew quickly. I actually like these plants even if they weren't what I was expecting. They have a mellow flavor compared to other perilla leaves I've tasted. Sort of licorice-y and slightly minty. It also grows very well, with lots of leaves...enough to feed an army!
Date published: 2019-07-17
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