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Common name(s)

Bok choy

Botanical name

Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis

Plant Care




An upright clump of dark green leaves, each with a very thick white or light green stalk.


Keep soil cool and moist.

Soil conditions

Well-drained, rich soil with plenty of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Be sure to add fertiliser.

Planting Instructions

Sow seed in early spring or late summer for a fall or winter crop. Sow in double rows, with rows 25 cm apart. Plant seeds 5 cm apart and 6-13mm deep. Thin out seedlings at a later stage to 20 cm apart.


Bok choy is used in soups, salads, stir-fries and fillings.

Interesting planting ideas

Beets, bush beans, carrots, chamomile, chard, cucumbers, dill, kale, lettuce, mint, nasturtiums, potatoes, sage and spinach are good companions to plant with Bok choy.

Interesting info

One cup of cooked bok choy provides more than 100% of the recommended dietary allowance.


4 to 6 weeks after sowing.


Grow 4 to 8 plants per person.

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