Transplanting Vegetables: Bok Choy

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Bok choy or cabbages are vegetables that can be transplanted more than once in greenhouses before taking root outdoors. Transplant brassicas such as bok choy with a professional permaculture gardener in this free video on mass propagation of food crop... View Video Transcript

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Daniel Botkin

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Today we're talking about vegetable transplants that deserve a second transplant in the spring. Of course, we have a hoop house where they can grow and develop, being this the middle of April. We're going to start with brassicas. Brassicas are the family of vegetables that belong to the cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprout family. In this case, we have a beautiful pot of Chinese bok choy, otherwise known as Chinese cabbage. You can't say enough about the brassicas. They're nutrient dense, cold hardy, extraordinarily healthy. Many people claim that they're the most powerful anti-carci carcinogens, plus they're delicious. So we're going to transplant these bok choy into a secondary vessel. In this case, we're going to gauge the size of pot that they need. We don't want to crowd them. On the other hand, we have limited space. So what I do is I peel apart. They come apart very easily. They've been well grown in organic starter, and they have a a robust root system, even though they're small. And what I'm actually going to do is scale my transplant today. I'm going to put the little ones into this nine pack container. One; well, maybe we'll just put em' all in there; keep it simple. And I have my beautiful potting soil that we mixed up. And you can just work in a line there; go one, two, three, and one, two..Notice, I don't waste a lot of ceremony or fuss. If their roots are com contacting the moist soil they're going to grow and develop real quickly. So, one, two, and of course, once they're tucked in like that...We can't fail to water em' in. Most important part. These will go in the hoop house, and they probably won't even wilt. There won't be any transplant shock with these little bok choys, and they, it looks like an abusive treatment; smashed in the mud there, but in fact they relish the transplant and the roots make contact with the new nutrients, and they're off to the races.