Perilla frutescens var. crispa
61 cm (24″) apart. Grows to 40-100 cm (16-39″) tall
Plant seeds 13 mm (½”) deep
Full sun to partial shade, in fertile, well-drained soil.
Seeds will sprout outside in 14-20 days
Mint rust, powdery mildew, leaf spot
Start indoors in early spring, or direct sow outdoors in late spring, once night time temperatures are steadily above 8°C (45°F).
Water regularly. Pinch growing tips for bushier plants with more leaves.
Pick leaves throughout the summer; harvest the flowering tops in late summer. As autumn approaches, harvest the seeds for planting next spring.
Warm. Perennial, but grown here as an annual.