How to grow perilla for seed

Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm walked me through how to grow high quality perilla seed in episode 3 of The Seed Growers Podcast.

Here are some of the highlights of the conversation:

  • The influence of daylength on flowering
  • Start with 1800 seeds to select the 100 best mother plants
  • How Kristyn selects the best parent plants
  • When to slow down leaf harvest to not compromise seed quality
  • How to tell when perilla seed is mature
  • When to harvest the plants
  • Protecting the harvest plants as they dry down in the greenhouse
  • Gently threshing perilla plants so you only get the best seed
  • Screening with 3 different screen sizes to separate the harvest into: the dried leaves for tea, the largest seed for planting, and the smallest seed for eating
  • Germination rates and dormancy

Go and listen to the full episode to get all the details!


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The Seed Growers podcast is produced in part by No-Till Growers with the help of the shows sponsors The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security and The Organic Seed Alliance

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