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Shiso - Live Plant
Shiso - Live Plant
Shiso - Live Plant
Shiso - Live Plant

Shiso - Live Plant

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Shiso is a Annual plant that is USDA hardy from growing zones . The live Shiso plant is available in a 3.5" pot. All plants have been grown by seed unless otherwise noted. It is highly prized for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. 

What key elements are required to establish optimal conditions for growing Shiso successfully?

When it comes to growing Shiso, water, light, and soil are paramount. Shiso tends to be best with full sun exposure.

If you are growing in a container, you can easily control the soil. However if you are growing in the ground, Shiso grows best in well-drained, fertile soil.

Familiarize yourself with the growth potential of Shiso. Providing 12-18 inches of space between plants is essential, considering they can expand to 12-24 inches in diameter and stand up to 18-24 inches tall.

Though Shiso commonly flowers summer to fall, there's a possibility it won't bloom until its second year, depending on when it's planted.

What are the uses of Shiso?

Historically, the leaves of the plant has been utilized to create culinary use, revealing the numerous benefits associated with Shiso.

About Shiso

Shiso is a remarkable herb cherished for its vibrant, serrated leaves ranging in hues from deep purple to vibrant green. With a taste profile reminiscent of basil and mint, with subtle undertones of clove, it's a staple in Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian cuisines, used in salads, sushi, and pickles, among other dishes. 

Shiso has a long-standing tradition of medicinal application, esteemed for its powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant characteristics. Its use in traditional medicine spans centuries, providing relief from digestive problems, allergies, and respiratory issues. Whether consumed fresh, dried, or incorporated into teas and oils, Shiso exemplifies nature's abundance, delivering not only flavor enhancement but also holistic wellness benefits.


How to Use Shiso

  • Tincture: Immerse dried and chopped ground ivy leaves and stems in grain alcohol for 4 to 6 weeks, yielding a potent infusion imbued with the essence of ground ivy.
  • Tea:  Brew dried ground ivy leaves and flowers in hot water for 10 minutes to draw out their beneficial properties, creating a comforting herbal tea.
  • Salve: Combine ground ivy-infused oil with beeswax to create a gentle topical balm, perfect for external application to the skin.
  • Vinegar Infusion: Soak dried ground ivy leaves and stems in apple cider or white wine vinegar for 2 to 4 weeks, occasionally shaking and adding more vinegar as needed to enhance its potency.

Shiso - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Shiso an annual or perennial plant?

Shiso is typically considered an annual plant, meaning it completes its life cycle within a single growing season. However, it can sometimes behave as a self-seeding annual or biennial, depending on the climate and growing conditions. In warmer climates, it may persist longer or even self-seed, acting more like a perennial.


How much space should be needed to grow Shiso?

When planting Shiso in the ground, spacing the seeds or seedlings about 8 to 12 inches apart will provide ample room for the plants to grow and develop. If you're growing Shiso in containers, opt for pots or planters that are at least 8 inches in diameter to accommodate the plant's root system. 


What zone does Shiso grow in?

Shiso tends to thrive in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 11. However, it can be cultivated as an annual herb in colder climates where it may not survive the winter. In warmer regions, Shiso can be grown year-round as a perennial or self-seeding annual.


When should I harvest Shiso?

Shiso can be harvested throughout its growing season, typically starting when the plant reaches about 6 to 8 inches in height and continues until it begins to flower. The leaves are at their most flavorful and aromatic before the plant flowers, so it's best to harvest them regularly during this time. 


Does Shiso flower or fruit?

Shiso does not typically produce fruit in the traditional sense. While it does flower and produce seeds, these seeds are contained within small pods and are not considered a fruit in the botanical sense. 


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