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Chinese Cabbage, Pak Choi, Joi Choi Hybrid

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Easy to grow and fast to mature.

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Also known as bok choy or Chinese white cabbage, Pak choi is grown for its stalks, which are used in Asian cooking. It is also delicious raw. Each plant bears 10-14 erect stalks, 8-10" long. Grows best in cool weather and can be grown as a spring or fall crop.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

55 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-20 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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How to Sow and Plant

Cabbage may be direct sown or started indoors early for fall and spring crops, or purchased as transplants for a fall crop.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow seeds from spring to early summer in the north; in the south and other frost-free areas, sow from fall to spring.
  • Start seeds indoors about 8 weeks before outdoor planting.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inches deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Sow seeds from spring to early summer in the north; in the south and other frost-free areas, sow from fall to spring.
  • Sow in average soil in a sunny location in early spring or in midsummer for a fall crop.
  • In rows 2 feet apart, sow seeds thinly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Keep evenly moist. Water gently.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days.
  • Thin to stand about 24 inches apart when seedlings are 2-3 inches high.

Planting from Transplants in Fall:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball. Space plants 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area. While small, floating row covers will help to keep pests at bay.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Harvest heads when they become firm.
  • Cut stems at soil level and remove outer leaves. Smaller heads will develop at the base once the central head is harvested.
  • Eat the heads raw or cooked.
  • Store fall-harvested cabbage for several months if you store them at 40 degrees F in high humidity.
Days To Maturity
55 days
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
12 inches
Height
18-20 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
4-6 weeks BLF
Thin
16 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Chinese Cabbage, Pak Choi, Joi Choi Hybrid is rated 4.555555555555555 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to grow, fast to mature! Just as the headline says. This is by far, the easiest vegetable that i have ever grown. It requires NO ATTENTION. I started the seed indoors on march 1st, transferred to my garden mid-may and today, on June 14th got my first harvest. I didn't even have to water.. we've been getting plenty of rain so nature took care of that for me. I was expecting at least a little bit of work to come along with growing this Pak Choi, but no.. none. Just plant it, and wait. Not very long either, i was stunned at how fast it grew, it was like lightning speed lol. The only problem was bugs, the pests seem to love this one, but minimal damage was done to the leaves. I should have put some bug dust on them, but for some reason never did. I harvested this morning, and just got done eating it with my supper. I used it in a stir fry, it was delicious sauteed along with Burpee's Tangerine Dream & Costa Rican Sweet Peppers. (Which i had stored in the freezer, left over peppers from last year.) The taste of the Tangerine Dream pepper compliments this veggie like no other. If you want an EASY vegetable to grow this no work and minimal wait time definetely go for this one.
Date published: 2014-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Pak Choi This is the greatest vegetable you will ever put in your mouth! I have been ordering this for a few years now and I will not be without it in my garden ever. You can stir-fry or it's real good eaten raw.
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the unbolting miracle choy In this very hot Michigan summer, I kept a row of this choy going, cooking as needed. I'll be stir-frying a couple of heads today (August 13th). I still have six more plants to enjoy cooking that have not bolted. A keeper of a variety. Almost untroubled by the insect mayhem that is going on in the cabbage rows in my organic no-spray garden. This one is in my notes for succession planting all summer and fall next year. Easy and pest resistant.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will do it again This was my first attempt at growing Bok Choi. We have enjoyed eating it in salads as part of my spring planting. I will definitely make it part of the spring and fall plantings. I would give it a ten.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Alternative To Traditional Cabbage!! This is delicious raw & shredded in the food proccessor, sauteed with extra virgin olive oil and butter with sweet onion or shallot, a dash of sugar, salt & pepper, and a hit or two of hot pepper vinegar to finish. It doesn't have the strong pronounced smell and pungency of traditional cabbage. Of course in asian and asian fusion cuisine this is a must!---Stir Fry Away! Grows well and matures quickly in well cultivated, well drained soil full of organic matter, miracle gro garden soil, sand, composted manure and 10-10-10 fertilizer. Spary with organic seaweed solution or fish emulsion every 3 weeks and it really gets strong and green for you. Hit with Sevin solution every 2 weeks to keep pests at bay. If rabbits are a problem, you can buy fake coyote urine spray in the garden store to spritz around the parameter of your garden. Of course some fine chicken wire which goes about 6 or 7 inches below the soil line is extra added protection.
Date published: 2010-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and Fast I started these indoors and transferred to containers. I had 100% germination on seeds. They sprang up more quickly than described on package. Once transferred outside they grew beautifully. I must admit they did not fully develop in the 30 day mark as described but they aren't in full sun either. Very please with my first try with this variety, AND IN CONTAINERS!!
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Totally Mystified Rating our Pak Choi a '1' is far too generous. They certainly didn't resemble the pictures of what we assumed Pak Choi would look like. I'm not even certain we received the correct seeds in the packet! What germinated and grew were long spindly and puny looking with something that looks like a skinny pea pod on the ends of the stems. The stalks did not have even a remote appearance of a bok choy, pak choi, or any other 'choi'. Admittedly we do not have full sun for the entire day, but nonetheless we expected something quite different from what we got. It is certainly not edible.
Date published: 2008-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No fan of boundaries I planted these seeds in rows on a plot about 4X4. I found little Pak Chois in my corn (15ft away) in my turnips (8 feet away) in my Swiss chard (4 feet away) and in my lawn. Now it is possible that these seeds were picked up and dropped by birds, but I have never had a plant do that, ever, before. Obviously, Pak Choi is no fan of boundaries. One other "warning" I suppose, but about 1/3 of my Pak Choi were lavender, not white, or lavender and white.
Date published: 2008-07-14
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