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Growing Pak Choy, also Pak choi

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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

Your comments and tips

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 ??
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.
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