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Growing Pak Choy, also Pak choi

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Pak Choy in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 70°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 12 - 16 inches apart
  • Harvest in 6-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile, coriander), lettuce, potatoes
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chili, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard
  • Young plants

Similar to Chinese cabbage but the leaves are smoother and the stalks are longer and thicker. Grows quickly and will also go to seed quickly in hot weather. Best grown in cooler months.

Needs plenty of water.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Pak Choy

You can treat Pak Choy as "cut and come again " or use the whole plant in one go, whichever suits your needs.

Your comments and tips

20 Nov 18, Briar (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Do you pinch out the yellow flowers on bok choy? Is it going to seed?
22 Nov 18, OrleneOnline (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Yep it is going to seed, you can cut off the base of the bolt (the stem of the flower). For some varieties of pak choi these flowers are edible. Once your plant does bolt the leaves tend become more bitter, still edible just something to note.
22 Nov 18, Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Yes it is going to seed. Yes pinch the flower off.
24 Sep 18, Werner Kemp (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Were in the Eastern Cape ,specific In Port Elizabeth ,South Africa can I find a distributor or shop who,sells The Chinese Pak or Bok Choy white Cabbage . ? yours Werner
11 Apr 18, Clive (Australia - temperate climate)
Can Pak Choi be grown in a PVC greenhouse during East Gippsland (Lakes Entrance) winter? Thanks someone.
12 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
You can grow most things in anything. Attention to sun, water and fertiliser is the key.
19 Sep 17, warwick (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
i can not seem to find the answer to the question and that is will this do ok in part shade
29 Sep 17, John (Australia - tropical climate)
Most leaf vegetables will do well in part shade. It is the fruiting ones such as beans, tomatoes, zucchinis, corn, etc that need more sun
23 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Position: Part or full sun, well drained soil
22 Sep 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
Going by your region, I would say possibly only in the summer months, depending on how much shade you mean. I live in a warm temperate region, and grow it in full sun, all year round.
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