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Bok Choy is a Chinese plant that’s sometimes called white cabbage. I will take you through how to grow your own, with hydroponics and aeroponics.
Let’s get started!
Bok Choy Facts
Optimal PH: 6.0 to 7.5
Temp: 50-70 degrees
Enjoys: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium
Grows Well With
- bush beans
Hydroponic Bok Choy
Just like any vegetable or fruit you are starting to grow in hydroponics, you will need to grow the plant in soil before transferring it to your system. The right time to transfer the plant is once you see 2 to 3 good leaves on the plant. Once you transport it, apply light to the plant for about 6-7 hours of light daily. Any more light will cause the plant to stress.
You will know that the Bok Choy is healthy when it has white roots. Once it is in your hydroponics system, you will need to give it 14-16 hours of light a day. About 30-45 days, you will be able to harvest your plant!
Hydroponic Pak Choi Seed to Harvest
Aeroponic Bok Choy
Now, if you are wanting to grow Bok Choy using Aeroponics, then follow along with the Hydroponic section. The only difference is instead of placing the roots into the water and solution, you will need to spray the plants with it. This way, the plant will not have to fight for its food!
Indoor Bok Choy
Bok Choy can be grown inside, and outside! The temperature can be varied, this plant isn’t too picky when it comes to the temperature. To grow this outside, try to avoid growing during the summer months.
Pruning isn’t necessary when growing this Chinese cabbage. Why? It will grow into one huge bulk. Although, if there is a leaf that is looking rough, prune it so it doesn’t kill your other leaves!
Like any plant, you’re going to get unwanted pests. With Bok Choy, the most common is cabbage maggots, flea beetles, and tarnished plant bugs.
Although most diseases come from outside and the soil, your plant can still be affected. Some common diseases we see with these are caused by the leaves being moist, which then cause spots to appear on the leaves.
Tips & Tricks
- You will need a lot space for the Book Choy to grow, it tends to get very bulky and will continue to grow
- If you happen to have too many in a pod, you can separate them and put some in a Kratky jar
- Add a fan next to this plant as it will help strengthen the stems and plant
- Bok Choy loves the cold
- If you have larger leaves, cut those off. You can use sharp scissors and cut at the base of the leaf
Many growers of Bok Choy have issues with Fungus Gnats, and recommend the Yellow Sticky Tape.
It is okay to eat the thicker white part of the plant!
Someone mentioned that their plant kind of got out of hand, so they placed a hair tie/rubber band around the base of the plant. This made the plant grow in a bundle and helped with the spacy leaves.
When you go to prune the plant, try not to cut the center leaves. This could impact the future growth.
Only plant one seed per pod, or you can risk having an overload and not having enough space or light to go around for all the plants.
Where can I find the best Seeds?
Baby Bok Choy Seeds – These grow to about half the size of regular sized Bok Choy, making it perfect for any Hydroponic system.
Bok Choy Seeds – These grow up to 16 inches, so keep that in mind when choosing your seeds!
Gaea’s Blessing Seeds, Bok Choy – Are guaranteed to grow!
AeroGarden Grow Anything Seed Pod Kit – This kit is everything you need to get started growing your favorite plants!