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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
Full Sun
12 inches
18-20 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
4-6 weeks BLF
16 inches
Life Cycle
Chinese Cabbage, Pak Choi, Joi Choi Hybrid is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tastes Like Radish. I planted this in early spring, before I could expect not to have any more frost. Although it did not frost after I planted these, they seemed to love the cool weather. My plants were a little less compact than shown on the seed packet, and bolted after a few weeks of hot weather. They looked and tasted great, and now I am saving seeds for next year. Some advice to troubleshoot tiny, spindly, flowering weeds of plants would be to try to grow these as early in spring as possible and in full sun. At least that’s what worked for me.
Date published: 2019-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Joi Choi earns respect! I have grown this variety for 3 years now and it keeps impressing me. It is certainly a Spring or Fall vegetable. It does bolt in hot weather but so do all brassicas. That is not a knock against it. Grow it at the right time of year, with the right temperatures and you will be amazed! It is not a very demanding crop at all. I've had deer eat it to the ground when I planted it outside my garden fence and it grew right back (I have very hungry deer in my neighborhood). I planted some in zone 6 in October (transplanted, started in September). I covered them with a fleece row cover and a little mulch and I just checked on them in March. Not only are many of them still alive, they are GROWING. We had below zero temperatures and a polar vortex of cold, snowy weather this year and they SURVIVED with minimal cover. This will be the first thing I harvest this Spring, around the beginning of April. I eat them raw in salads, stir fry them and blanch and freeze the greens for soups and other recipes later. I will never not grow it. It has become a staple of my garden. The most dependable vegetable I grow! Nothing can kill it!
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Large heads and easy to grow. Plant early because it bolts in heat. I direct sow April 1st and I get a full grow out before the heat
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Buy PAK CHOI pechay ! I bought a package of Seeds labeled BURPEE PAK CHOI and planted them and IMMEDIATELY they BOLTED to Yellow FLOWERS ! My Brother said what is this I said It is supposed to be PAK CHOI Chinese cabbage. I thought it was a mixup at the seed packing stage because I never saw anything bolt to seed 3 weeks after planting.. I would avoid this it is hard to tell as BURPEE sells a lot of different packages this one had 500 MG of seed and labeled LOT 17. Very disappointed as Burpee is a name I usually associate with high quality seeds.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grew very well Very pleased with this Pak Choi. Planted on the 16th of January and began harvest on the 28th of February. They didn't grow up into stalks, they spread out, but I started taking leaves as they became ripe.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not many seed germinated Planted in fertile well drained soil in late August but few seeds germinated
Date published: 2016-09-15
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
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