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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

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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 ??
29 Jun 13, Karen maher (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi. I live in ballarat and as most people know it can get rather cold. I have four lop eared rabbits who just love bok choy. They are costing me a fortune. Lucky I love them. Is it possible to grow bok choy here. If so when would I plant them. Obviously I'm not a gardener but would like to have a go. Thanku karen.
02 Dec 13, Dave S (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I also live in Ballarat and gave grown bok choy almost year round. It produced well until about May last year, and I've been looking for some more for the garden since the beginning of spring but haven't seen much around locally. It does tend to bolt quickly during late summer but I find if I pick the leaves regularly it slows down a bit. Does tend to be very thirsty, too.
21 May 13, Peet Smith (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
I am looking to buy the following seeds Pak Choy Bok Choy Chinese Cabbage Chinese Horseradish Bamboo
25 Mar 13, Joe (Australia - tropical climate)
Comment. I am in Nth. Qld. and since New Year 2013 have produced 3 crops of Pak Choy. 2 dozen at a time. I am going to give a link for people to understand some asian vegetables and names. I find that Thai seeds germinate in about half the amount of time as Australian seed. e.g. yard long beans 2 and three quarter days. My wife and I also have two types of gingers growing. Ginger is underestimated in the Australian diet. However I have a 25% shade cloth above my garden to mist the rain and help prevent mid-day heat. Asian vegetables names from the SMH will give you the site, as no links allowed here. my seeds come in through customs, and my son is married to a Thai girl. I have the greatest respect for the Thai vegetable diet.
24 Mar 13, Rebecca (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I believe it is the same, just another name. It is also called Chinese chard, white cabbage and Tsoi sum.
23 Mar 13, Soldier (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it okay if I just leave my Pak Choi outside for winter (there are minimal amounts of frost here) or do I have to do some frost protection?
14 Mar 13, Thomas Houseman (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I notice a lot of vegies have "Avoid planting with" advice. Can I ask why and what are the side effects of doing so? Thanks.
27 Mar 13, Jade (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
you will find it is bug related or nutrient related. the bugs will get together to the point you have a big colony, or you will find the plants take up similar nutrients and deplete the soil. Best planting with plants that repel each other's bugs and release beneficial nutrients for each other.
12 Mar 12, houston (USA - Zone 7a climate)
please explain thinning and what happens if its not done

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