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Growing Pak Choy, also Pak choi

(Brassica campestris var. pekinensis)

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    S P P              

(Best months for planting Pak Choy in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays. P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


  • 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 in same bed): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile, coriander), lettuce, potatoes
  • Avoid growing in same bed: 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.


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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
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.
08 Jan 14, Leigh (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Pak Choy seedlings gone to seed soon after planting in hot house. Any reason why ?
26 Feb 14, Betty (Australia - temperate climate)
I find pak choy plants go so seed in the summer months, I find autumn plantings better. They germinate quickly in the garden, usually under a week. I plant seeds other months as well to keep a supply of the greens but use them quickly, sometimes even with the flower head. - Betty
05 Jan 14, Phil Blayden (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Planted seeds approx. 5 weeks ago they came up within 3 days. I have thinned the crop out as suggested and now the plants are going to seed. I have tried cutting back the seed heads but it does not help the plant still want to go to seed. They not developing the way that I thought they would. Have you any suggestions.
08 Mar 14, Shelley (USA - Zone 6b climate)
Phil, once they start seeding they will continue. Although you should be able to harvest up to ten weeks, the plant is actually mature in six weeks. How much fertilizer did you use. Compost is the best solution for them, the ground should remain moist, but not soggy. The ground may not go completely dry either, this may cause the plant to start seeding. Keep in mind that if you want to have this plant year round, you should sow every four to six weeks. If you harvest the leaves, seeds don't form that fast. If you plan to harvest the whole plant at once, harvest the sixth week, else the leaves become old.
11 Dec 13, (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi again Lorraine :) Yes, it's teeny slugs that are doing the damage - and boy can they eat !!! I read a couple of forums about safe ways to get rid of them (I have two little dogs) and am trying this method and it does kill them. However, you can't just put it on the plant, you have to make contact with them. So when it's raining, or night time. 100mls of Cloudy Ammonia to 400mls water in a spray bottle and zap them. To that you can add a drizzle of washing up detergent so it sticks to them better, and they die instantly. There is heaps of slug ideas/info out there like using crushed eggshells, beer traps - there's quite a list. Good luck, and am wishing me the same ;)
08 Dec 13, Lorraine (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
What makes the small holes in bok choy
09 Dec 13, Veronica (Australia - temperate climate)
I would love others thoughts/opinions on that to Lorraine, but I have found the teeniest, weeniest little slugs on mine over the last couple of days. Also found really teeny flies on it as well. Anyone know how to get get rid of these little hole makers ??
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I'm new to gardening so i went and did a workshop on No Dig Gardening and planted bok choy, literally the day after something has started eating the leaves. Does anyone know a homemade chemical free deterrent for what ever it is that is eating them and what it might be that is attacking them?

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