How to Grow Pak Choi (Pechay)
How to Grow Pak Choi(Pechay)
As a farmer's daughter, I love growing vegetables and eating them as well. One vegetable that I like growing and eating a lot is called Pak Choi or Pechay, but I find that Pak Choi are so expensive and sometimes hard to find fresh ones so I decided to grow my own Pak Choi.
When I visited my home country-the Philippines three years ago, I brought back a few seeds of Pak Choi and from that packet of seeds I made more Pak Choi seeds by letting it grow, mature and flower.
Anyway, one day I was at the Pound shop(a shop that sells everything for one pound) here in England, I found a packet that contains not one but four kinds of vegetable seeds that includes the Pak Choi seeds, all for a pound I was so delighted.
Pak Choi is easy to grow and even a non gardener can do it. All you do is scatter the seeds on the plot, cover them lightly with compost and water them. When they have 4 or 5 leaves transplant them to a plot or a container with at least 4 inches apart each other.
Or just thin them out by removing some of the Pak Choi plants that are so close to each other to give them space to grow bigger. Instead of throwing the Pak Choi that you thinned out, grow them in containers, raised beds or grow them anywhere you like in your garden.
You can also grow different kinds of Pak Choi together like I did, then you are spoil for choice. You can also grow Pak Choi in tubs or any containers especially if you live in a flat. You can grow them in through. They make good natural decoration for the balcony or patio.Just keep watering them daily and after 5 or 6 weeks, your Pak Choi is ready to harvest.
If it needs fertilizer, use grow more liquid fertilizer then you will have fat Pak Choi. Pak Choi is a nutritious vegetable to have. Pak Choi is usually used in stir fries, stews, braising and soups. Pak Choi is packed with good nutrients and it is good when you are on a diet because it contains a lot of water and not fattening.
How to Grow Pak Choi Step by Step
This is a simple and easy way to grow Pak Choi:
- First of all decide where you want to grow your Pak Choi in your garden. Find a sunny place or spot in your garden. Pak Choi loves the sunshine like I do.
- Dig some plots to grow the Pak Choi seeds or you can grow them in containers or throughs.
- In plots, you dig the soil to make it loose then flatten the top of the plots and put some multipurpose compost or even better your own organic compost. Mix the compost with the soil very well and flatten the top of the plot.
- Once done, take your Pak Choi seeds and sprinkle them evenly on top of the plot that you flattened. Then take some loose soil or compost and cover the Pak Choi seeds lightly just enough to cover the seeds. Don't put too much cover as it will take longer for the Pak Choi seeds to germinate.
- Water your Pak Choi well and watch it grow. It will only take a few days before the Pak Choi grows as long as you water them daily.
- Once the Pak Choi seeds are 2 inches in height, you can thin them out if the Pak Choi seeds are close to each other to give them room to grow. The Pak Choi grows bigger if they got space to grow.
You can also grow the Pak Choi in a seed tray then transfer them later anywhere in the garden or in containers or wherever you want to grow them.
How to Produce Pak Choi Seeds
Another thing with Pak choi is, when you want to have some seeds from the plant, let one or two Pak Choi plants flower. The Pak Choi plants will produce seeds if you leave it to flower. After flowering, leave the flowers to finish until it produces the seeds which will mature for you to gather when it turns yellow or brown. Leave the seeds or flowers to dry before harvesting it but don't leave it too long because all the seeds will pop out.
Pak Choi produces hundreds of seeds even just one plant alone so you will have enough to use the whole year. Seeds can be stored in a jam jar with a tight lid. I have been planting Pak Choi all year round and I noticed that it survives even during the winter. So there is no problem about when is the best time to grow it. It is possible to grow even during the winter months in your greenhouse or if you have poly tunnel.
There are other varieties and different colours of Pak Choi. There is one purple Pak Choi which taste a bit sour but taste better when mixed with other vegetables. Tips to have continuous supply of pechay or Pak Choi is to plant the Pak Choi a week or a month apart each time you grow Pak Choi.
Pak choi (pechay), Mustards, and mixed salad leaves
How to protect your Pak Choi from insects
From time to time we can't avoid garden pests that eats our plants including the Pak choi. What I do when I see some insects like greenflies, slug or snails on my Pak Choi plants, is to get rid of them straight away by using fairy liquid with water in a spray bottle, or by killing them myself but if there's so many of them, I can't do it. So the best way is to use fairy liquid with water or buy some insect spray like the greenfly or blackfly spray which they sale in garden centres or shops.
But for me, as much as possible I don't use insecticides if I can help it. I only use the fairy liquid with water which works very well. I also use salt to eliminate the slugs and snails. Slugs and snails hate the salt. I don't like killing them but they eat my veggies.
But of course if you got loads of flies, snails or slugs that attack your plants, you will need stronger pesticides. If you see the photos of my Pak Choi they got only few holes because I keep an eye on them right from the beginning. Always check at the early stages of planting because that is when the flies, slugs and snails start to attack the young leaves.
When to harvest Pak Choi
The Pak Choi or Pechay plant can be harvested anytime from 6 weeks and onward. Pak Choi does not take long to grow. Sometimes you can harvest it after 4 or 5 weeks, it depends on the weather sometimes. If you plant it in a country that is hot all the time, Pak Choi grows quicker. What I like about this vegetable is, it grows anywhere even cold places. It grows well in winter here in England.
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© 2013 Linda Bryen