This baby bok choy or pak choi tolerates heat, so you can grow it all summer. Harvest at 4″ tall for delicate, crisp, and pleasantly mild-flavored leaves. An indispensible stir-fry ingredient, also try it fresh or marinated for salads, or make baby bok choy kimchi. The uniform, green leaves look beautiful when grown alongside flowers. Great for containers, too!
Botanical Name: Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis (hybrid)
Days to Maturity: 50–55 Days
Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial usually grown as an annual
Plant Dimensions: 4″ tall and wide
Variety Information: Smooth, leafy blades in a cluster with crisp, pale green stems. 'Choko' is a small-type bok choy bred for heat tolerance.
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: 1/4″
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.
This packet sows up to 18 feet. 105 seeds.