Chinese Cabbage, Red Pac Choi
This annual Asian green, also called red bok choy, has thick green leaf stalks and smooth, oval, dark-red leaves. This attractive variety is more commonly used for its younger leaves because mature plants are less refined than its green cousin varieties. It is quick-producing, simple, and delicious!
Days to Maturity: 21 days for younger leaves, 40 days to maturity
Plant size: 10-12” tall and wide
Planting space: 6-8” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Red pac choi likes full sun to partial shade in well-draining yet moisture-retentive soil that is rich in organic matter. This variety is more heat sensitive and will need to have some protection from the sun in hotter climates. It’ll also need consistent irrigation throughout its growth cycle, especially during dry spells.
Harvesting: You can harvest red pac choi a few leaves at a time until maturity. Pick the oldest, largest leaves from the outside of the plant first. You can also harvest the entire head roughly 1 month after planting. It won’t store for a long time, so it’s best to use it soon after harvest.
Culinary: Its mild, mustard flavor makes it a great addition in most meals that use leafy greens however, it can be easily overcooked. Its most popularly used in stir-fries, soups, noodles, meat dishes, and salads.
Nutrients: Pac choi is highly nutritious, packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but is also low in calories and carbohydrates.
Companion planting: Pac choi can attract several pests, so plant it near herbs and/or vegetables that detract them. Celery or thyme can help repel cabbageworms while plants in the onion family help deter maggots. Rosemary, sage, thyme, coriander, and nasturtiums help keep flea beetles and aphids away. Keep away from, strawberries, rue, tomatoes, garlic, pole beans, and mustards.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.