Anyone in San Diego have any luck with Red Perilla/shiso?
My mother is from Japan and makes the most amazing red ginger pickles with red shiso. I have tried to grow it and I'm not having any luck.
I've tried germinating the seeds indoors and outdoors. Fall and spring. Out of all my attempts, I've had only 3 seeds germinate and they got fried during an unexpected heat wave.
Is there a trick to getting the seeds to sprout? Are they a fall or spring plant?
I can't find much info through the old messages here or from Google.
I can't get any info out of my mother other than her pronouncement that you can't grow red shiso here. I remember as a kid that she had them growing along the side of her house although she always complained that the taste was not the same.
Any thoughts...advice...pronouncements? :)
I finally just bought 2 plants from the local nursery last week. It was the first time I had ever seen it for sale as a plant.
Thank you! Jude