Pak Choi

Brassica rapa var. chinensis

White Chinese Cabbage, Bok Choi

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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. Looks more like some of the lettuces. The crisp leaves are slightly mustardy in taste.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

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

Crop rotation

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

Special features

Origin

China

Natural climate

Cold interior

Environment

Light

Full Shade

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

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.

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Brassicaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Cabbage aphids, cabbage root maggot, cabbageworms , flea Beetles and cutworms may affect cabbages. Control by keeping beds weed free and handpick worms. Avoid wetting foliage if possible to stop Alternaria porri.

Companion plants

Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
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