Cook Garden

Growing Bok Choy

Cook Garden
Growing Bok Choy
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Growing And Harvesting

Plant bok choy seeds or seedlings outside as early as 2-3 weeks before your last average spring frost and as late as few weeks before your first average frost in the fall.

“Baby” bok choy. Ready to harvest in about 45 days. Plant “baby” or “dwarf” bok choy seeds 3-4 inches apart (9-12 per square foot) in all directions. Cut entire mini-heads off at the soil when they are the size you want or as soon as you see the tip of a flower stalk rising out of the center of the leaves. For a continuous supply, plant a few dozen seeds every 2 weeks throughout the spring and again starting in mid-summer for fall harvests.

Whole mature plants. Ready to harvest in 60-80 days. Plant seeds or transplant seedlings 6-8 inches apart (2-4 per square foot) in all directions. You can shorten the time in the garden by starting seeds in pots or flats and transplanting the seedlings into the garden when they are two weeks old. Start transplants as early as 4-6 weeks before your last average spring frost, and plant transplants or seeds outside as early as 3-4 weeks before your last average spring frost. For a continuous supply, plant a few seeds every 2 weeks throughout the spring and again starting in mid-summer for fall harvests.

Individual mature ribs and leaves. Ready to harvest in 45-60 days. Grow as you would for whole, mature plants (above), but start harvesting as soon as the first outer leaves have fat crisp ribs. Snap off individual leaves by bending them out and away from the plant and gently pressing down on the base of the rib to separate it from the central stem. This extends the harvest and is a good plan for small families. When a central stalk starts to peek above the leaves, harvest the whole plant: it’s all edible, stem, flowers, and all. For a continuous supply  plant a few seeds every 4 weeks throughout the spring and again starting in mid-summer for fall harvests.