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How to Grow Pak Choi (Pechay)

Updated on July 14, 2018
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Linda's passion for gardening have encouraged her to write about growing different types of organic vegetables and flowers. I love veggies.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Dig some plots to grow the Pak Choi seeds or you can grow them in containers or throughs.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

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 greens
Mustard greens | 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
My very own homegrown pak choi | 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 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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Pak Choi or Pechay Seeds

Chinese Cabbage, Pak Choi Is a Non-heading Leaf Type Organic Vegetable.2000 Seeds
Chinese Cabbage, Pak Choi Is a Non-heading Leaf Type Organic Vegetable.2000 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

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    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      5 months ago from United Kingdom

      You are welcome Audrey.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thanks, Linda for answering my question. It's helpful to know that Pak Choi can be planted any time of the year.

      Take care.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      5 months ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you so much Audrey for your comment. As for your 2 questions, I know the answer to number 2 but not question number 1 am afraid. I really don't know how to make "Fairy Liquid" but I do know when to plant Pak Choi seeds. Audrey, Pak Choi seeds can be planted any time of the year even during winter. Pak Choi can grow during winter and can survive the cold weather conditions. I find that Pak Choi grows quicker during summertime though. I hope this helps you Audrey.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I have two questions. 1. How do I make "Fairy Liquid?"

      2. It's summer here in the U.S. Is it time to plant the seeds?

      I'm so happy to come across this hub. You've given a wonderful presentation with your personal experience, information, and lovely photos. I'll share this with other folks.

      Love your hubs!

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      12 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Joy thank you for your comments, I hope my article will help you and your niece grow your own pak choi. It is really easy to grow them even if you just scatter them on the ground they will grow as long as you water them of course. Salamat sa comment Joy.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years 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 

      3 years 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

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 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 

      3 years ago

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

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 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. 

      3 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.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      4 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 

      4 years ago

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

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      5 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 

      5 years ago

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

      great tips! thanks

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      5 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 

      5 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

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      5 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 

      5 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 

      5 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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      Theresa Ventu 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

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

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      5 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 

      5 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. :)

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