Growing Pak Choy, also Pak choi

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S P P              

(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 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

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

13 Jul 20, Michael (Australia - temperate climate)
How big do pak choi grow
14 Jul 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Depends on how much fertiliser you apply. Have a look in a supermarket or vegie shop next time.
15 Jul 20, (Australia - temperate climate)
Or research on the internet.
12 May 20, Scott F (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Are pak choy frost tolerant?
18 May 20, Paul Lehmann (Australia - arid climate)
A light frost is not a problem but if you get a heavy Jack Frost they will go to God like any other plant. I'm in Arid Western Vic and get at least two or three Jack Frosts unless I cover them with a frost proofing cover.
13 May 20, Anon (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
By the planting guide for cool mountain climate I would say maybe an odd light frost. Where I live we don't have frosts. They are a cool weather crop.
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
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By the planting guide for cool mountain climate I would say maybe an odd light frost. Where I live we don't have frosts. They are a cool weather crop.

- Anon

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