Pac Choi Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Brassicaceae
Plant Type:
Biennial

Square Foot Spacing:

4
Typical Season:
Cool
Typical Zones Grown In:
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Growing Difficulty:
Easy

Pac Choi, also known as bok choy or Chinese cabbage, is a leafy green vegetable that is commonly used in Asian cuisine. It has crisp white stems and dark green leaves with a slightly bitter flavour. Pac Choi is low in calories and high in nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium, iron, and potassium. It is often stir-fried, steamed, or used in soups and stews. Pac Choi is relatively easy to grow and can be grown in the ground or in containers. It prefers well-draining soil and regular watering, and can be harvested when the leaves and stems are mature but still tender.

How to Grow Pac Choi Organically

  1. Choose a planting site: Pac choi prefers partial shade but can also grow in full sun. It needs well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.
  2. Plant the seeds or transplants: Pac choi can be grown from seeds or transplants. Plant the seeds or transplants about 10-12 inches apart in rows that are 18-24 inches apart.
  3. Water the plants: Pac choi prefers to be kept moist, so water deeply once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  4. Fertilize the plants: Pac choi will benefit from a light application of balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10, once or twice during the growing season.
  5. Thin the plants: Once the pac choi plants have grown to a height of about 4 inches, thin them to about 6 inches apart. This will give the plants enough room to grow and develop properly.
  6. Harvest the pac choi: Pac choi can be harvested at any time once the leaves have reached a size of about 4-6 inches. Cut the leaves off at the base of the plant, leaving the plant intact so that it can continue to grow new leaves.

With these simple steps, you can grow your own nutritious pac choi and enjoy its tender leaves in stir-fries, soups, and salads.

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
Indoor
When to Direct Sow:
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
When to Start Indoors:
March , April , May
Sprouting Time:
2-3 Weeks

Ideal Temperature (C):

7-24°C
Depth:
6-12mm
Spacing (cm):
15 cm
Row Spacing (cm):
10-12 inches
Sun Exposure:
Part Shade
Maturity Time:
2 Months
When To Harvest:
May, June, July, August, September, October
How to Harvest:
Cut Outer Leaves, Allow Inner Leaves to Grow

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Yes
Edible Parts:
Leaves, Stems, Flowers
Potential Health Benefits:
Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Fiber

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Onion, Garlic, Radish, Carrot
What Plants to Avoid:
Common Pests:
Aphids, Slugs, Caterpillars
Common Disease:
Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, Root Rot
Bonus Grow Tips:
Plant in cooler weather, harvest leaves when they are young

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