Pak choy Growing Guide

Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis

Pak choy

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Rich, moist soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in.


Sun or partial shade preferred.

Frost tolerant



Not required if good soil.


Single Plants: 35cm (1' 1") each way (minimum)
Rows: 30cm (11") with 40cm (1' 3") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

In areas with cooler summers, bok choy can be sown almost all year round, except for the coldest mid winter months. In areas with hot summers, avoid sowing in the hot mid summer months.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Surround stem with a 10cm mat with a slit cut into it for the stem to prevent cabbage root fly from destroying the roots. Use fine mesh or fleece over the summer to prevent butterflies laying eggs on the underside of leaves - caterpillars can destroy these plants. Keep soil moist in dry weather.


Harvest when mature. Leaves can be picked form a number of plants instead of harvesting whole plant. Its buds and flowers are edible

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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