This ancient, Asian green, also called pak choi, is just as excellent in a stir fry as in a marinated salad. Harvest at 5″–6″ tall in only about 35 days for tender, baby choi. Plants are ideal for growing in containers, make a pretty addition to mixed containers, and resist bolting.
Botanical Name: Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis
Days to Maturity: 35–60 Days
Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial usually grown as an annual
Plant Dimensions: Up to 20″ tall, 12″ wide
Variety Information: Smooth, dark green leafy blades in a cluster, with white, crisp stems.
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 60°F; ideally 75°–85°F. Sow again in late summer for fall crop. In mild climates, sow in the fall for winter or spring harvest.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended due to quick maturity.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 Days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6″
Row Spacing: 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 6″
Harvesting: Harvest in the morning, if possible. Harvest individual, outer leaves as the plant grows and/or cut the entire plant at the base when it reaches the desired size. Dunk the harvest in cold water and drain before storing.