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How to Grow Pak Choi (Pechay)
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
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. 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. 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 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.
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, I try and 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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Growing and caring for pak choi
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Pak Choi or Pechay Seeds
This is a good type of Pak choi seeds to grow. In my country(Philippines), we grow this Pak Choi a lot. These are very tasty Pak Choi as well, we often cook it with soups, casseroles or stir fries.
© 2013 Linda Bryen