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Growing Pak Choi (Bok Choy)

I would like to know how to grow Pak Choi successfully.

By Brian from Great Wakering, Essex

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May 28, 20100 found this helpful

Bok choi seeds

Organic compost

Step 1 Select a place in the garden to grow bok choi. The area should be sunny, but sheltered from harsh elements. About two weeks before planting, enrich the soil with organic compost.

Step 2 Decide on a variety of Chinese cabbage and purchase the seeds. This is a matter of personal taste. Orient Express, for example, has small, round heads. Dwarf and Extra Dwarf Bok Choi are very small and good for gardens with limited space. Red Choi is beautifully colored.

Step 3 Plant the bok choi seeds directly in garden and cover them with 1/4" of fine soil. If the seedlings emerge too close together thin them so that they are about 8-10 inches apart.

Step 4 Water bok choi regularly. They have short roots and need water more frequently than other plants.

Step 5 Harvest bok choi by picking the outer leaves as needed. Otherwise, the whole plant can be harvested when it reaches 12-18" tall.

Tips & Warnings

Start a second crop in late summer for a fall harvest. Bok Choi can be planted indoors and then transplanted outside. The small plants can withstand light freezing. Bok Choi will go to seed quickly in hot weather. It can also rot in warm, humid weather. Try to harvest it before summer progresses. Good luck.

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