Saving Bok Choy Seeds
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Saving Bok Choy Seeds

Saving bok choy seeds is a great way to save money and complete the growing cycle. This easy step by step guide with pictures shows how to save bok choy seeds from plants in your garden. Bok choy is also known as Pak Choy or Pak Choi.

Bok choy is usually grown during the cooler months of the year. They germinate easily from seed and grow quickly making them a valuable food crop to grow. See this guide to Growing Bok Choy from Seed for more information.

The flavor of bok choy is somewhere between cabbage and broccoli and are a great addition to soups, stir fry’s or simply steamed for a healthy side dish.

Saving Bok Choy Seeds

The seeds form in pods which grow along the stem after the plant has flowered. Tall flowering stems will need to be staked to prevent them breaking in strong winds.

How long can you store bok choy seeds?

They will be viable for at least 2 years when stored in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight. After this time you may find less of the seeds will germinate.

Bok choy seeds ready to be stored.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Stake
  • Twine or String – These highly rated Twist Ties with cutter can be reused and are great value on Amazon. (Paid link)
  • Liquid Fertilizer
  • Container
  • Airtight Container or Bag – This set of 12 beautiful small Crystal Mason Jars are perfect for storing seeds and they come with rewritable labels. (Paid link)
  • Label


Saving bok choy seeds from plants in your garden.

  1. Plant Care

    Leave one plant to flower. Continue to apply liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks and water regularly for the best results.

    Flowering bok choy beginning to produce seed pods.

  2. Stake the Plant

    The stems will be up to 3 feet (1m) tall. Insert a wooden or metal stake beside the plant then tie the stem with twine, string or garden ties.

  3. Cut and Dry

    Once the stems begin to dry cut below the seed pods then leave to dry in an area with good air circulation.

    Dried bok choy seed pods and stems.

  4. Remove the Seeds

    After the pods have dried open the pods over a container then remove the black seeds. There will be a membrane in the middle of the pod which may have seeds behind it.

    Removing the black bok choy seeds from their pods.

  5. Store and Label

    Place the seeds in an airtight container or bag then label with the contents and the date collected. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

    Storing bok choy seeds in an airtight bag with a label.


Small condiment jars are perfect for storing seeds. Make sure they are washed thoroughly with warm soupy water, rinsed then completely air dried before using for storing seeds.

Are you looking to save more seeds from your garden? Try these guides to saving seeds from Radishes, Lettuce or Eggplants.

This Vegetable Garden guide is a great place to start if you are new to gardening. You might also like this guide to Homesteading to get more from your home.

Are you looking for labels? These highly rated Dry Erase Labels come with a protective plastic flap to prevent smearing and can be used over and over again. (Paid link)

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4 thoughts on “Saving Bok Choy Seeds”

    1. Yes, but I would wait until the stems begin to look a bit dry and the pods are filled out. I have cut the stem at the base and hung the plant upside down on the veranda until the pods are dry. This worked well.

    1. Either a vegetable fertilizer or an all purpose liquid fertilizer. Seaweed concentrate is also a great option and improves the soil.

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