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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 Australia - tropical regions)

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 21°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 30 - 40 cm 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
    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

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.
10 Mar 15, Mick (Australia - temperate climate)
Whats the diference between bok choi and pak choy
24 Apr 16, Richy (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
They're the same, just different spellings from chinese
02 Sep 16, GrocerMan (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
They are not the same. Pak Choy is sweeter, has green soft stems. Bok Choy is slightly more bitter (but still sweet) and has white harder stems than Pak choy. They look very similar but if you know the difference, its quite obvious.
22 Nov 14, David K (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it viable to grow avocados in Melbourne. I heard that you need 2 different types of avocado tree and had to cross pollinate by hand. Is that right? Is anyone currently growing avocados in the home garden in Melbourne who can advise, please
17 May 14, Denice ann Albrecht Bates (Australia - temperate climate)
I grow pak choy all year in my garden,as my garden gets sun all day,I also like to pick in when its small as it tastes much better.I allways feed it with worm wee diluted in the watering can about every two weeks...Plant,grow,eat and enjoy.......
16 May 14, Lona (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
Planted Pak Choy about 4 tp 5 weeks they are growing well but have stared to seed Can it be eaten now
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