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Pak Choi

Brassica rapa var. chinensis

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Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

30cm

15cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Brassica rapa var. chinensis (leaf)

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Pak Choi Overview

Brassica rapa var. chinensis It’s not as sensitive to heat and cold as Chinese Cabbage, and the striking white petioles and green leaves make it a must for edible landscaping. Can be prone to bolting in hot weather. The crisp leaves are slightly mustardy in taste.

Common problems with Pak Choi

Limit pest activity by keeping beds weed-free and handpicking caterpillars and bugs. Avoid wetting foliage if possible to prevent rots and fungal infections.

Pak Choi Companion Plants

Cabbage, Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.

How to harvest Pak Choi

Cut whole heads at soil level when they are compact and firm and before seed stalks form usually 8 to 10 weeks to after sowing. Complete the harvest before the arrival of freezing weather.

How to propagate Pak Choi

Seed

Sowing time in autumn, thinning is required afterwards. A spacing of 7.5-10 cm for seedlings, 20 cm for semi-mature plants, 25-30 cm for mature plants is recommended. Germination time is between 7-10 days.

Special features of Pak Choi

Crop rotation

Rotate with other vegetable groups only to use the same spot in 4 years!

Other uses of Pak Choi

Culinary

Edible

Often used in salads or stir-fries as a baby leaf, or used in a variety of Oriental dishes as a cooked vegetable when semi-mature.

Vegetables to Grow Through Winter

These crops will keep growing throughout the winter if provided with some protection from the worst of the winter weather.

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Microgreens

Grow these leafy greens in your windowsill over the winter months for quick and tasty micro leaves.

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