Pak Choi/Bak Choi Seeds
Pak choi, pac choy and bok choy are of the same plant. It is a leafy green Chinese cabbage which mostly grows in Asian regions like the Philippines, China, and Vietnam. It is a popular mainland crop that belongs in the Brassica family. Though pak choi or bok choy is commonly grown in the eastern world, it has also captivated westerners with its sweet and tender stalks. It comes in the scientific name of Brassica campestris L.
Basically: If the stems are white, it is bok choy. If they are green, it is pak choi.
Pak choi or bok choy is a small plant but can grow up to 12 or 18 inches in height. It grows upright from the ground. It has smooth and white stalks that look like celery. At the end of each stalk, the plant will spread to an oval-shaped leaf. Its leaves are green, smooth, and glossy. Some people have mistaken pak choi or bok choy as a collard or a mostaza because of their similar structures.
Eating pak choi or bok choy can bring you several health benefits. This leafy plant is actually very low in calories. If you eat even 100 grams of pak choi or bok choy, you don't have to worry about gaining weight. Instead, it helps the body to burn your present calories which then leads to a weight reduction. It is also an abundant source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Pak choi, or bok choy, also has antioxidant properties. Its antioxidant properties, along with its fiber component, help to protect your body to fight against cancer-causing agents. The fiber component of the pak choi, or bok choy, acts as a sweeper of your bloodstream in eliminating the bad cholesterol of your blood. If you also prepare and eat fresh pak choi, or bok choy, your body will benefit from its vitamin C. We all know that vitamin C is necessary to boost our immune system and fight the common cold and flu.
Compared to its other vegetable families like cabbage and cauliflower, pak choi, or bok choy, contains more vitamin A and carotene. To be able to meet the required levels of vitamin A, eat 100 grams of pak choi. Aside from vitamin A, it is also rich in vitamin K, B-complex vitamins, calcium, and iron.
Useful gardening information
How to plant:
Germination temperature: 50 F to 80 F
Days to emergence: 4 to 7
Seed can be saved 4 years.
Maintenance and care:
While not as sensitive to heat and cold as Chinese cabbage, spring crops may bolt prematurely if young plants are exposed to frost or a week of nighttime temperatures below 50 F. Wait until after last frost date to direct seed or transplant out.
Start transplants inside 4 to 6 weeks before last frost date. Transplant 6 to 12 inches apart in rows 18 to 30 inches apart. Use the closer spacings for smaller varieties.
Plant direct-seeded spring crops 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep and about 1 inch apart in rows 18 to 30 inches apart. Thin to 6- to 12-inch spacings. Use thinnings in salads.
For fall crops, direct seed 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in rows 18 to 30 inches apart in summer. Thin to 6- to 12- inch spacings. Or set transplants out at 6- to 12-inch spacings 4 to 6 weeks before first frost.
Mulch fall crops heavily and provide adequate moisture to avoid premature bolting.
SF135 Red Choi ( F1 Hybrid Pac Choi )
Excellent as micro green, baby leaf, and full size. Red Choi changes from dark green leaves with maroon veins at micro size to dark maroon leaves with green undersides and thin green petioles at full size (8-10").
A fast growing non-heading variety that produces clusters of 8 to 12 crisp white stalks with large nearly round smooth glossy green leaves. Pleasant mildly pungent taste. Hardy cool weather plant with a relative maturity of 45 to 60 days.
TRM867 Rosie Hybrid
Bright strawberry-red pac choi.
12" tall plants are vase shaped with bright red leaves and greenish-red stems. Good for mixed packs with green- or white-stemmed pac chois. Also excellent as a baby leaf.
This early, dwarf pac choi is a real performer in the home garden. Growing to only 14 inches, it is sturdier and stockier than most dwarf varieties. Smooth medium green leaves adorn thick petioles that have a wonderful mild flavor, are tender, and have very few strings. Bred to be tolerant to heat, rain, cold, and dampness. Ching-Chiang is a great variety for early spring planting. 40 days.
TRN366 Joi Choi Hybrid Mustard Cabbage
Brassica rapa var. chinensis
(F1 Hybrid) 45 days. Hybrid version of Lei Choi. Fine, spoon shaped stalks, ivory white stems, dark green leaves. Some cold tolerance.
JF212 Short Green Petiole Ching-Chiang Cabbage
This is a dwarf type Ching-Chiang Cabbage, with short and fat green petioles that are very crispy and delicious. This is the most popular variety grown in China. Plants grow best in mild climates, suitable for growing in temperate climates and in California all year round. Easy to grow. Highly recommended for home gardening and fresh markets.
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