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How to grow pak choi

Overview

If you enjoy the tangy taste of pak choi, then why not try growing some. It's easy to grow, but can be prone to bolting in hot weather so it's a good idea to grow it in partial shade and keep it well watered. Pak choi is hardier than many other leafy crops, so late sowings will crop in autumn and even winter, if given a little protection with a cloche or some fleece.


How to do it

Sowing pak choi seed

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Sow seed in moist compost in small pots or cells. You can also sow direct in the ground, but seedlings can be devoured by slugs. Thin out young seedlings to two per pot and keep them well watered.


Watering the pak choi seedlings

When seedlings are 5cm tall, plant them out into a moisture-retentive soil, firming in well. Water the newly transplanted plants well, to encourage the roots to settle.

Covering the pack choi seedlings with fleece

Keep the plants well watered to prevent them from bolting. Cover the crop with horticultural fleece to provide a barrier to airborne pests, such as flea beetles.

Harvesting pak choi

You can harvest the young leaves after 30 days, to add to salads. From 45 days, the plants should have developed a 'heart' and be ready to harvest for stir fries. Pak choi is most succulent and has the best flavour when eaten fresh from the plot, so only harvest what you need, when you need it.



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Reeba John 05/03/2014 at 11:30

Hi,
Somebody's offering me a small tray of pak choi seedlings. Before I collect it, I wanted to know if these can be grown indoors in a small space. The only space I have is an area near my window. Will it be possible to grow these seedlings in a small tray near a window?

Thanks,
Reeba

Reeba John 05/03/2014 at 11:30

Hi,
Somebody's offering me a small tray of pak choi seedlings. Before I collect it, I wanted to know if these can be grown indoors in a small space. The only space I have is an area near my window. Will it be possible to grow these seedlings in a small tray near a window?

Thanks,
Reeba

Edd 05/03/2014 at 11:58

I have only ever grown them as baby leaves or micro-greens. They did well in the window sill.

Pak choy is a cool season crop that prefers temperatures of about 15-20°C Too much sunlight will make them bolt and they must be kept moist at all times. Not sure how the bigger varieties will grow indoors but it Would be interesting to find out. You should get 2-3 crops off each plant if they are successful.