By: Amy Grant
For me, there’s nothing quite as delicious a quick sauté of bok choy in olive oil and garlic finished with some hot pepper flakes. Maybe that isn’t your cup of tea, but bok choy can also be used fresh, stir fried, or lightly steamed and, as with all dark leafy greens, is packed full of vitamins and minerals. It’s also easy to grow your own. If you’re a fan of the green as well, maybe you’re wondering “When do I plant bok choy?”. Read on to find out when to plant bok choy and other information regarding bok choy planting time.
Bok choy is a cool weather, cabbage-like vegetable that is grown for both its thick, crunchy white leaf ribs and its tender, green leaves. Because it thrives in cooler temperatures, the answer to “When to plant bok choy?” is either in the spring or fall. This allows you to extend your fresh supply of greens throughout much of the year.
Because bok choy tends to bolt once the warmer temps of summer arrive, plant it early in the spring, close to the date of your region’s last frost. You can either sow seeds directly or transplant seedlings.
Bok choy can be grown in the garden or in containers. For succession spring bok choy planting, plant a few seeds each week through April. That way, the bok choy won’t mature all at once and you will have a continuous supply to harvest.
Bok choy can also be planted in the late summer to early fall when temperatures have cooled. If you start them in the late summer, be aware that they will need extra care. Keep the soil moist and provide them with shade during the hottest time of day.
Fall planting, depending upon your area, can occur from July through August. If you are in a sun beaten region, plant this crop closer to fall and be sure to provide the plants with shade.
For both bok choy planted in the fall or the spring, the optimal soil temperature for direct sown germination is 40-75 F. (4-24 C.). The soil should be well draining and rich in organic material. Space the seeds 6-12 inches (15-30.5 cm.) apart. Keep the bed moist. Bok choy is ready to harvest in 45-60 days.
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Sorry I didn't see this posting earlier. For 3 years, I would only have luck with planting one round of bok choy from seedlings started inside under grow lamps. When I would try to start another round, it would bolt. Especially the white stem variety.
This year, things are turning around for me. I'm in zone 6. I think the main change was to plant seeds early in cold frames before the last frost. We had a dry winter, so I began in March. I found that when you start in the cold frame, the plants come up when they are ready and there is less transplant shock than when you start indoors. Also, I realized that bok choy has the ability to grow fast. If it doesn't the seedlings get eaten up by bugs. So it's best that it grows under these conditions:
sun but with day temps no higher than 70 (after a stretch of rainy days, it will take off quickly when the sun is out if well fertilized)
cool night temps no lower than 35 (i used row cover when it when below freezing and they stayed alive!)
very fertile soil or repeated applications of compost tea
My next round was direct seeded because of the warmer weather. I have thinned and transplanted the thinings in a separate bed. We have been having a lot of rain lately, but I think they are going to do well once the sun comes up and I shade with row cover. I put down some crushed eggshell to deter the slugs which are chomping on everything now.
I'll keep you posted as to how they do. I'm getting greedy now and want to start a whole nother bed in the shadier spots of the garden.
Harvesting of Chinese cabbage depends on the variety. The standard varieties of bok choi are about 12 -24 inches and the baby leaf matures from 10 to 20 cm. Young and tender plants are used as fresh salads or lightly fried. Monitor spring crops for early indication of flowers. And if the plants start to bolt, harvest immediately. To harvest the Pak Choy plant on the ground surface, you use a sharp knife. You can keep bok choy in the refrigerator and use it for about 3 to 4 days.
The major pests for Bok choy aphids and mites. You can control them with neem spray. If you plant a marigold among the plants, mites can be controlled to some extent. Apart from this, Cabbage Loopers, Diamondback Moths, Flea Beatles, etc. also make it uncomfortable.
The presence of insects and excess moisture also contribute to the spread of fungal disease.
Black rot, damping off, downy mildew, turnip mosaic virus, etc. cause damage to the disease, but proper care and crop rotation can control these diseases.
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