Bok Choy

Growing Guide

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Where to plant

Full sun, sheltered position

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Sow depth

6-13mm

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Space between seeds / seedlings

10cm

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Row space

10cm

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Size of pot needed (width / depth)

50cm2

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Seedling Sow Depth

0.1-0.2mm

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Best practice

Directly sown

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Germination (days)

7-10

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Maturity (days)

45-80

How to Grow

How to grow video guide
From seed

Mix a light application of a balanced organic fertiliser into the soil prior to planting.

Seed should be sown at a depth of 15 to 20 mm (0.6–0.7 in) in soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7.0 and plant should be spaced approximately 20 cm (8 in) from one another.

From seedling

Transplants can be taken from a 4–5 week old plant if a spring crop is desired.

The plants can be grown on flat or raised beds and positioned in rows 50–60 cm (20–24 in) apart.

Each plant should be spaced 50 cm (20 in) from its neighbor for optimum growth.

Bok choy is most successfully grown in regions that experience cool summers and mild winters, growing optimally in temperatures between 15 and 20°C (59–68°F).

Bok choy can be planted in early spring if the required climatic conditions are met, producing a crop in early summer or they can be planted in early summer for a late summer crop.

The seeds will germinate quickly and seedlings are fast growing.

Transplants may also be used.

In a pot

Choose a pot 50cm deep and wide, To further discourage bolting when growing bok choy as a spring crop, try planting bok choy in partial shade and keep it well-watered.

Fill with potting mix, and plant bok choi seeds 10cm apart, space the rows 50cm apart.

Ready to harvest

Cut whole heads at soil level when they are compact and firm and before seed stalks form usually 45 to 80 days after sowing.

Complete the harvest before the arrival of freezing weather.

If the first fall frost arrives before heads form, Chinese cabbage can still be harvested for greens.

Collect seed

Remove dried pods from plant and break them open with your fingers over a bowl to catch the seeds.

Dry and Store: Dry for 1-2 weeks.

Collect seeds and store.

Cabbage seeds remain viable for up to 5 years

When to Grow

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Zone 1 - Cool

January , February , March , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 2 - Temperate

January , February , March , April , July , August , September , October , November , December

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Zone 3 - Subtropical

January , February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September , October , November , December

Companion Planting

Tips for Care

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Bok choy can tolerate light frost, but exposure to cold temperatures in spring can trigger early bolting.
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To further discourage bolting when growing bok choy as a spring crop, try planting bok choy in partial shade and keep it well-watered.
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Growing the smaller or “baby” varieties of bok choy can also help as they mature 10 to 14 days sooner than the standard size
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Bok Choy is a heavy feeder.

It needs rich soil with plenty of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium so be sure to fertilize!

Pests & Problems


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