Growing and harvesting Pak choi.
It’s been awhile since I last posted any thing about home grown vegetable. The growing season is coming to an end. Not unless one does have a heated greenhouse and grow lights it is not easy to extend the growing season. I have sow my Pak Choi seeds back around in mid to end of August and how much they have grown!!
Pak Choi also known as Bok Choi, Pak choy are all the same it’s just it’s spell in a different forms. In Chinese simplified it is written as 白菜 . Pronouce as baicai. After translation, it means white vegetable. Probably because some varieties the stem are white in colour.
I have grown them in pots as I have do not have anymore room on the raised beds. The seeds can be obtained online. I got mine from ebay. In spring and summer one can find young plants in garden centres.
They are easy they grow, they don’t tolerate too much direct sun as they will bolt (goes into producing flowers instead of growing more leaves) easily. They do well in between season of summer and autumn where the weather is getting cooler. Some say apparently they are frost tolerate till -5 degree ?!! After sowing the seeds all it needs to grow is some very drain compost or soil.
Harvest the leaves as they grow as it will provide a constant supply of leaves till they stop producing anymore leaves. They are different varieties of pak choi one can find in the market green or purple to grow.
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Here is a 3 different types of variety from Thompson & Morgan Tricolour mix. Thompson & Morgan is a UK base largest mail order seeds and plants supplier. I use to think that their seed are on the pricey side . They also have a US base company called Gurneys.com I have never use Gurneys.com as most seed suppliers don’t normally send seed outside the US. Here more information about Thompson & Morgan delivery
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The pak choi in the photos here are of Pak choi green F1 variety and Pak choi white F1 variety. Both are distinctive in their stem Some Pak choi white F1 variety can be much more juicier than the Pak choi green variety.
They also can be grown indoors by a sunny spot in a containers.
It’s a mild tasting vegetable, the young pak choi leaves are great in salads. The older ones are better if it’s cook like on a stir fry or noodles or soups. Will post recipes on them soon. Here is this link on recipes using pak choi.