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#1 User is offline   bridgehouse 

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 10:44 AM

Hi

Can experts identify this plant for me please? It is amongst my rocket plants. Thank you. Bridgehouse







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Posted 28 November 2016 - 11:08 AM

I think it is known as Perilla frutescens.
Very invasive plant. Very soon they will be sprouting all over.
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Posted 28 November 2016 - 11:11 AM

View PostGreyfingers, on 28 November 2016 - 11:08 AM, said:

I think it is known as Perilla frutescens.
Very invasive plant. Very soon they will be sprouting all over.


Tks Greyfinger. It this good or bad? If it is the perilla leaves, then that will be nice! Wonder how on earth it got there! Shall I repot it somewelse?
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Posted 28 November 2016 - 12:12 PM

View Postbridgehouse, on 28 November 2016 - 11:11 AM, said:

Tks Greyfinger. It this good or bad? If it is the perilla leaves, then that will be nice! Wonder how on earth it got there! Shall I repot it somewelse?


Well the Vietnamese eat it. But definitely not perilla. I would call it fake perilla. The Americans say don't plant it. I've been weeding this for years and it is still around.

They can grow very fast and as you can see it is already towering above your rocket plants. If you want to grow it, then transfer it elsewhere or it will definitely shade your rockets and take up a lot of nutrients. But if you want to get rid of it, do it now before it flowers and start to produce seeds.

My guess is it came with your rocket seeds or it could be from your soil. Could also be from your neighbours.
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Posted 28 November 2016 - 04:01 PM

View Postbridgehouse, on 28 November 2016 - 10:44 AM, said:

Hi

Can experts identify this plant for me please? It is amongst my rocket plants. Thank you. Bridgehouse



Hi Bridgehouse, sorry to go off on a slight tangent. Actually I am interested in how your rocket plants are doing? I was told that the leaves would be very bitter if it is grown in our climate. Do you find that true?

Thanx,
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 12:12 PM

View PostGreyfingers, on 28 November 2016 - 12:12 PM, said:

Well the Vietnamese eat it. But definitely not perilla. I would call it fake perilla. The Americans say don't plant it. I've been weeding this for years and it is still around.

They can grow very fast and as you can see it is already towering above your rocket plants. If you want to grow it, then transfer it elsewhere or it will definitely shade your rockets and take up a lot of nutrients. But if you want to get rid of it, do it now before it flowers and start to produce seeds.

My guess is it came with your rocket seeds or it could be from your soil. Could also be from your neighbours.

Tks Greyfingers, I got it. Bridgehouse
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 12:14 PM

View Postkeff, on 28 November 2016 - 04:01 PM, said:

Hi Bridgehouse, sorry to go off on a slight tangent. Actually I am interested in how your rocket plants are doing? I was told that the leaves would be very bitter if it is grown in our climate. Do you find that true?

Thanx,
K

Yes, Keff the leaves are bitter and hot (wasabi hottness)eaten on its own. But when I put it to my egg sandiwich it tasted good! Bridgehouse
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Posted 29 November 2016 - 11:57 PM

Thanx! I just might try growing them
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