Pest management: Boy Choy has the same pests and diseases that affect all brassicas. Cabbage cultural tips, pests, and diseases
When to plant: February to April and September to October. Bok choy is prone to bolting if planted too early or during warm weather.
- Select a sunny spot with well-amended, fertile soil.
- Sow the seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.
- When plants are about 4 inches tall, thin to 6 to 8 inches apart.
Harvest window: Harvest about a month after sowing, when they are about 1 foot tall. Small plants may be harvested to thin the crop. They will bolt (go to flower) if not harvested quickly.
- Descriptions of similar Asian vegetables: Crucifer Family
- Asian Vegetable Trial
- Harvesting and Cooking Tips for Asian Vegetables
Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*
|Fen Jen||Strong, beautiful, good germination|
|Golden Yellow||Lovely, tall, great roots, good germination|
|Mei Qing||Mixed germination, medium strong, roots okay|
|Pat Choi green||Small plants, very weak roots, poor germination|
|San Fan||Strong, tall, vigorous roots, good germination|
* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.