Bok Choy

Brassica rapa var. chinensis


Bok choy, sometimes called Chinese cabbage, grows fast and trouble-free. It’s delicious raw and steamed or in stir-fries.


  • Follow The Steps!

Getting started

  • Peel the sticker off and find your soil tablet, leave it in the tray. 
  • Pour 60ml of water into the hole with the soil tablet. All the way to the top of the hole. 
  • Let the soil tablet absorb all the water for 5 minutes. 
  • Mix the water into the soil with your fingers to make a even wet mixture. 
  • Remember to wash your hands when you’re done.

How to keep your Little Garden healthy

  • Place the tray in a place with enough light, but not directly in the sun. 
  • Check the soil every day. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, pour a small amount of clean water over the surface. 
  • You should see a little plant appear from the soil in 1 weeks, which means the seeds have germinated and will be ready soon to move into a bigger pot or garden. 
  • You can thin your bok choy seedling by choosing the strongest-looking one if more than one little plant grows.

When your seedling is ready to go in the garden

  • It’s ready to shift into the garden or pot, when your bok choy is about as tall as your finger (in approx. 3 weeks). 
  • Get your bok choy used to life outside: You can harden off your bok choy seedling by putting it in a warm and sheltered spot for 1-2 hours a day and return inside for the night. Do this for 4-5 days, leaving it outside for a little longer each day before you shift it out into the garden forever.

Planting best practice

  • Bok choy will grow best in a sheltered spot with rich soil. 
  • Pots make good bok choy homes too. 
  • Don't get it burnt! It likes some sun but prefers partial sun, and will appreciate afternoon shade during very hot summers.

Look after your plant while it’s growing

  • Bok choy is thirsty. Water it regularly, especially if it’s growing in a pot. You want the soil to stay moist but not wringing wet. 
  • If left in dry soil, it will wilt or bolt to seed.

Harvest time

  • After about 1 month, you can start harvesting the leaves from your bok choy one by one. 
  • Or wait another couple of weeks, until the plant is about 15cm tall, to harvest the whole plant.

Watch out

  • Slugs and snails will nibble on baby bok choy, so create your own pest protection, lay out bait or pick off these slimy pests. 
  • In warmer weather, keep an eye out for the Cabbage White Butterfly: it will lay eggs on your bok choy, and the hungry caterpillars will munch your plant down to the ground. 
  • If you spot White Cabbage Butterflies, protect your plants with an insect mesh (an old net curtain is ideal for this!)

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