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How To Plant Pechay (Pak Choi) Vegetable

Updated on October 14, 2014

How to plant or grow Pechay (pak choi)

As a farmer's daughter, I love growing vegetables and even now I like growing my own and enjoy eating them as well. One vegetable that I like a lot is called Pak Choi or pechay, but I find that they are so expensive and sometimes hard to find fresh ones so I decided to grow my own.

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 seeds so that I won't run out.

Anyway, one day I was at the Pound shop, I found a packet that contains not one but four kinds of vegetable seeds that includes the Pak Choi, 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 with at least 4 inches apart. Or just thin them out by removing some of the pak choi 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 or grow them somewhere else in your garden. You can also grow different kinds of pak choi together like I did, then you are spoilt 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 throughs. They make good natural decoration for the balcony or patios.

Just keep watering them and when after 5 or 6 weeks your Pak Choi is ready to harvest. If it needs fertiliser, use grow more liquid fertiliser then you will have fat pak choi. Pak Choi is a nutritious vegetable to have. I usually use them in stir fries or to add to stews and soups. Pak choi is packed with good nutrients and it is good if you are on a diet because it contains a lot of water and not fattening.

Pak choi (pechay), Mustards, and mixed salad leaves

this is my 2013 pak choi with flowers
this is my 2013 pak choi with flowers | Source
Pechay or Pak Choi
Pechay or Pak Choi | Source
new pak choi
new pak choi | Source
mixed salad leaves with pak choi (pechay)
mixed salad leaves with pak choi (pechay) | Source
mustard 2013
mustard 2013 | Source
mixture of green salad leaves
mixture of green salad leaves | Source
Big Mustard and Mizuna
Big Mustard and Mizuna | Source
 Pak Choi and other salad leaves
Pak Choi and other salad leaves | Source
Young purple pak chois, mustard greens and pak chois
Young purple pak chois, mustard greens and pak chois | Source
Mustard with another type of Pak Choi Plant
Mustard with another type of Pak Choi Plant | Source
my very own homegrown pak choi 2012
my very own homegrown pak choi 2012 | Source
Pechay with purple and green mizuna
Pechay with purple and green mizuna | Source
mixture of Mustard, Pechay or Pak Choi, and Mizuna
mixture of Mustard, Pechay or Pak Choi, and Mizuna | Source
Flowering Mizuna -  Chinese greens
Flowering Mizuna - Chinese greens | Source
baby pak choi or pechays
baby pak choi or pechays | Source
baby green mustards
baby green mustards | Source

How to produce seeds and how to have pechay every month.

Another thing with Pak choi is, if you want to have some seeds from the plant, let one or two plants flower. Leave the flowers to finish flowering and then it will be replaced by seeds which you wait until the flowers are yellow and just leave it to get dry then harvest it for new Pak choi plants for next time. I have been planting Pak choi all year round and I noticed that even in winter it survives. 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 colors of pak choi. There is one purple pak choi which taste a bit sour but taste better when mixed with other vegetables. I just love all of it. Tips to have continuous supply of pechay or pak choi is to grow or plant them a week apart each set. Pechay or pak choi yields lots of seeds so you will have enough to supply you for a few months or even a year. Seeds can be stored in a jam jar with tight lid.

Growing and caring for pak choi

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      Linda Bryen 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Bernadeth, thank you for reading my hub and I hope it helps you with your pechay seed.

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      bhernahdeth 23 months ago

      Hi liesl,im glad to have landed on your hub. I have pechay seeds at home waiting to be planted that's why i keep searching on how to grow it to make sure it will survive. I'm inspired by your hub. God bless you

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Cipriano, musta kabayan, salamat sa comment. Thank you Cipriano for your comment. Sana mabuhay yang tanim mong pechay. Ang daling itanim naman yang pak choi. Wish you luck.

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      cipriano 2 years ago

      mam leslie init poh ngaun sa philippines my tanim poh akong petchay sna mka survive

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! kabayan, sometimes you have to spray it with washing up liquid with water if they got pests on them like caterpillar. But the ones I have as well can have flies and caterpillars but I kill them if I see one.

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      Ces T. 2 years ago

      Hello kabayan . I had planted the regular pechay ( white stalk dark green leaves) but all were destroyed by pests except for one naligaw which apparently is "PAK Choy" ( identical to your picture ). Am puzzled why the regular pechay is so susceptible

      to pest and not this 'pak Choi'! Appreciate assistance . Salamuch.

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      Linda Bryen 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      I like it too, very much that is why I grow my own. Thanks for your comment.

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      cey 3 years ago

      I really like petchay, its nutritious and easy to cook.

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Raitu for liking my mustards, I am glad to find fellow hubbers who like their veg like I do. Me, too I just love my vegetables.

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      Raitu Disong 4 years ago

      As a kid, I just love mustard leaves. Now at 23 I am still crazy about mustard leaves!!!

      great tips! thanks

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Ronilo, thank you for your lovely comment again. Kahit nandito ako sa England I still want to live like a true Filipina. Grow my own vegies and my flowers.

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      Ronilo Blanca 4 years ago from Koronadal, South Cotabato

      Im okey. and you? parang ang sarap tingnan kabayan. Talagang super green . tama talga yan kabayan. Your hub gives ideas to those who are wanted to plant veges in their backyard. Keep it it up.. Very nice

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yun na nga eh, ang mahal ditto kaya nagtanim na lang ako sa backyard garden namin. How are you? Thank you for your comment, Ronilo?

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      Ronilo Blanca 4 years ago from Koronadal, South Cotabato

      Nice hub kabayan! sarap nyan panghalo sa pochero kabayan. lol! nice one kabayan

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you the girls for your lovely comment and for voting me up. I just love growing my own vegetables and flowers.

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      the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Love your garden ideas! Nothing beats fresh vegetable and pesticide-free. Voted up and the buttons beside it :-)

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Once again thank you LongTimeMother for your lovely comments about my pak choi hub. I think its my love for pak choi that made me write about it. As you know it is so easy to grow. Funny enough I just come back from transplanting my pak choi and watering them. I am glad you like it too. I think we both love anything to do with plants and veg. Thank you so much for boosting my hub about pak choi. You are so good to me LongTimeMother. I can't thank you enough.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      This is a brilliant hub, liesl5858. I love pak choi and in fact have some in my garden going to seed as we speak. (My summer season is over now, so I have lots of plants producing fresh seeds for next year.)

      One of the hubs I intend to write one day (when time allows) is on asian vegetables. They are so easy to grow, and so lovely in a stir-fry ... and I have taken lots of photos.

      Meanwhile, I am sharing your hub with my HP followers because it is springtime in the Northern Hemisphere and this is the time to plant. Voted up and awesome. :)