How to Grow Bok Choy

Special care needsto be taken to prevent bok choy from bolting. image by Lawrence Farmers' Market:


The leaves of bok choy are similar to cabbage, and can be used in a stir fry dish once you get your first harvest. Care needs to be taken in regards to when bok choy is grown and how dry the plant is allowed to get. Otherwise, bolting may occur--as in spinach. Bolting is when a plant goes to flower too quickly and does not produce enough leaves for harvesting. Learn to grow bok choy in your garden, and prevent bolting.

Step 1

Determine what time of year you want to grow your bok choy. It can be grown in early spring after all danger of frost has passed, but there will be more danger of bok choy bolting at this time. However, bok choy may also be grown during the summer to produce a fall harvest. Fall harvests have fewer problems with bolting.

Step 2

Choose a partly shaded area to grow your bok choy. Make sure the soil is well drained.

Step 3

Add organic compost to your soil. Mix the compost into at least the top 4 inches of soil.

Step 4

Direct seed your bok choy seeds by pressing them 1/2 inch into the soil. Space your seeds 1 inch apart.

Step 5

Water your garden immediately after planting the seeds. Continue to water your bok choy daily to keep the soil moist. Moist soil also helps to keep bok choy from bolting.

Step 6

Thin your plants when they begin to germinate so that they are 1/2 to 1 foot apart.

Step 7

Add mulch to your bok choy crops in the fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Bok choy seeds
  • Mulch


  • Cornell University: Bok Choy
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About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

Photo by: Lawrence Farmers' Market: