Asian Greens – Bok Choi Shanghai Green


This non-heading Chinese cabbage has several thick white leafstalks.  Also called Shanghai pak choi, bok choy or wong bok, it grows into an open, vase-shaped plant of thick, succulent white stems and dark green, spoon-shaped leaves. It has an attractive hourglass shape with glossy, dark green leaves, and thick petioles that are tender and very delicious. It is high yielding and known for its heat tolerance. Fresh-picked bok choi is delicious stir-fried with garlic, ginger and a splash of soy sauce.

Price is for seed packets. 2g +/- 900 seeds per packet. Plants are available at store. 

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Botanical name
Brassica rapa var. chinensis


9 per square foot in 3 rows of 3

Plant seeds 1 cm (½”) deep.

Best in full sun, but can handle a bit of shade. pH around 6-6.5.

Seeds will sprout in 7-14 days.

Slugs may nibble young seedlings. Keep the garden free from debris, where these pests like to go during the day. Protect plants from flea beetles and cabbage moths with lightweight row cover, or insect netting.

Direct sow starting in mid-April. Cool-weather crop. Best soil temperature is 10-15°C (50-59°F) . Bok choy likes it under 18°C (65°F) so is best for spring and fall plantings. Transplanting is not recommended because the seedlings usually go into shock and do not grow well.

Thin seeds to one per spot. Very low-maintenance vegetable. Does not like the heat, so grow early in the spring, or as a late fall addition.

35 days

Cool, annual