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Growing Pak Choy, also Pak choi

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Pak Choy in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • 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
  • Young plants
    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

18 Mar 17, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I grow Bok/Pak Choy having come home from Thailand and discovered since my time out of the country it is now grown here. It is easy to grow and readily available as a green vegetable. I endeavour to leave one or two plants to go to seed: 1. for the flowers as they really attract bees to the garden. 2. My next seasons seeds. Some of the seeds will fall to the garden, germinate and grow. I just transplant them to wherever I want them.I like steamed bok choy with a little soya sauce over it once it is cooked. It is great to add to a stir-fry or young leaves added to a fresh salad.
24 Aug 16, Minty (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Thanks Dale
12 May 16, janine (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I live in Durban South Africa an im also looking for bok choy seedlings/ seeds no body has please help also looking for seeds of the Russian giant cucumber Thanks
01 May 16, Minty (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Where can I buy Chinese vegetable seed in bulk in South Africa
06 May 16, Dale (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate) has Pak Choi in bulk.
20 Oct 15, Debbie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can i buy seeds or seedlings of chop choy. I live in midrand. Gauteng and i cant find a nirssry
06 Oct 15, koos (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
wheir can i buy bok choy seed
10 Mar 15, Mick (Australia - temperate climate)
Whats the diference between bok choi and pak choy
24 Apr 16, Richy (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
They're the same, just different spellings from chinese
02 Sep 16, GrocerMan (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
They are not the same. Pak Choy is sweeter, has green soft stems. Bok Choy is slightly more bitter (but still sweet) and has white harder stems than Pak choy. They look very similar but if you know the difference, its quite obvious.
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