Asian Greens – Bok Choi Shanghai Green

$3.48

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. Few vegetable dishes are as quick and easy to prepare, and as tasty, as fresh-picked bok choi stir-fried with garlic, ginger and a splash of soy sauce.

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Description

Botanical name
Brassica rapa var. chinensis

Family
Brassicaceae

Spacing
9 per square foot in 3 rows of 3

Depth
Plant seeds 1 cm (½”) deep.

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

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 7-14 days.

Pests
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.

Timing
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.

Growing
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.

Harvest
35 days

Season
Cool, annual

Links
http://www.canadiangardening.com/gardens/fruit-and-vegetable-gardening/grow-asian-vegetables-in-your-garden/a/22203/2