Guide to Growing Bok Choy from Seed
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Growing Bok Choy from Seed

Growing bok choy from seed in the home garden is easy to do with this step by step guide. Bok choy has a high germination rate and grows quickly making it a valuable food crop to grow.

Bok choy is also known as Pak Choi and is a variety of Chinese cabbage. It has large leaves and thick white stems. Some varieties will form a head while others grow in a similar way to spinach.

Bok choy is grown through the cooler months and is frost tolerant making it the perfect winter crop. The entire plant is harvested making successive plantings important to have a reliable supply through the season.

Culinary Uses of Bok Choy

Bok Choy is very high in nutrients and has a mild pleasant flavor. The leaves can be added to stir fry’s, soups, stews or steamed. The entire leaf and stem are used.

Asian flavors of ginger, soy, garlic and honey all pair well with bok choy. Try making an Asian inspired soup with chicken broth, bok choy, chilli flakes, sesame oil, ginger and egg noodles or this recipe for Honey and Ginger Bok Choy Stir Fry.

Growing Bok Choy from Seed

Bok choy can be germinated either in seed trays or direct in the garden. The seeds germinate easily direct in their final position however you may wish to germinate the seeds in trays if you are waiting for a summer crop to finish before preparing the soil for the bok choy.


Bok choy will grow in a part shade to full sun position in well-drained soil. They will also grow successfully in shade houses however they will take longer to mature.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Bok Choy Seeds – Try these highly rated Baby Bok Choy Seeds on Amazon. (Paid link)
  • Aged Manure or Compost
  • Garden Lime for Acidic Soils
  • Shovel
  • Mulch
  • Liquid Fertilizer
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How to grow bok choy from seed in the home garden.

  1. Prepare the Soil

    First prepare the soil by adding aged manure or compost and a handful of garden lime for acidic soils. Dig in well then make rows 16 inches (40cm) apart. Water the rows well.

  2. Sow the Bok Choy Seed

    Either make a trench with your finger ¼ inch (6mm) deep then sprinkle the seeds along the trench and backfill the soil or sprinkle the seeds along the middle of the trench then place loose soil over the top to a depth of ¼ inch (6mm). Water with a mist spray then keep moist.

    Planting bok choy seed in a row.

  3. Thin Out the Seedlings

    When seedlings emerge thin out to 8 inches (20cm) between each plant. The seedlings can be transplanted to a new position. Water well before and after transplanting.

    Thinning out the bok choy seedlings.

  4. Plant Care

    Mulch the seedlings with straw to prevent water loss then apply snail bait around the rows. Two weeks after germination apply liquid fertilizer and then every two weeks for the quickest growth.

  5. Harvest

    Bok choy can be harvested at any time. Maturity time will depend on the variety however it is usually in 45 to 60 days. Cut the plant at the base with a knife.

    Cutting the base of the bok choy with a knife.


How do you store bok choy?

Store dry bok choy leaves in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Wash the leaves before use. They will be still good after this time but won’t be as crisp.

Are you looking to add more plants to your winter garden? Try these guides to growing Turnips, Broccoli, Peas or Silverbeet.

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For more information on growing your own food see this Vegetable Gardening guide or to get more out of your home including DIY projects try this guide to Homesteading.

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