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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
    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

16 May 14, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Lona, we are eating our Pak Choy which has flower heads. Still tastes the same. Give it a try.
04 Jun 10, Mike (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
My pak choi has lots of Tony holes in its leaves - what could be doing that?
03 Jun 10, Prasadi (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
i have planted pak choy and they growing very well however they have yellow flowers on them . is this natural or something wrong?
07 Feb 11, (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
do now worry. the flower is natural. you can even eat the flower (before it blooming)

I grow Bok/Pak Choy having come home from Thailand and discovered since my time out of the country it is now grown here. It is easy to grow and readily available as a green vegetable. I endeavour to leave one or two plants to go to seed: 1. for the flowers as they really attract bees to the garden. 2. My next seasons seeds. Some of the seeds will fall to the garden, germinate and grow. I just transplant them to wherever I want them.I like steamed bok choy with a little soya sauce over it once it is cooked. It is great to add to a stir-fry or young leaves added to a fresh salad.

- Anonymous

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