How to Grow Pak Choi – A Beginner’s Guide

pak choi plant growing in garden
Pak choi, which are known botanically as Brassica Rapa, are a type of vegetable that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing pak choi as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Best Time to Plant Pak Choi

This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the pak choi seeds choi in spring or Autumn in temperatures ranging from 45° to 75°F. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.

To check when pak choi are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.

How to Plant Pak Choi the Right Way

There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing pak choi in your home garden.

Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your pak choi grow. Generally, your soil should be well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. Soil PH levels should be around 6 to 7.

9″ apart. roughly 18″ apart in rows. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about .25″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.

Begin thinning your pak choi seedlings  one plant every 18″ when seedlings are 2″ tall.

How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Pak Choi

How Much to Water Pak Choi

How Long Does it Take Pak Choi to Germinate and Grow?

When to Harvest Pak Choi

The best time to harvest your pak choi is once pak choi reaches its mature height and approximately 50 to 70 days have passed.

Pak choi can grow up to about 12 to 24 inches (30 to 61 cm.) tall.

What Can Pak Choi Be Used For?

Food Use: soups, salads, stir-fries and fillings for spring rolls, potstickers, steamed buns and dumplings.

Flavor Profile: Pack Choi is crisp and juicy.

Can Pak Choi Grow in Pots and Containers?

Yes, you will ideally need a 12″+ containerfor each plant. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.

It also gives you the flexibility to move your pak choi around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.

Are Pak Choi Safe for Bees?

Yes, pak choi are safe for bees.

According to, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.

Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing pak choi is bee-friendly.

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