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How to Grow Baby Bok Choy

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bok choy is an Asian cabbage that grows easily and quickly during the cool weather of both spring and autumn. Baby bok choy is similar to standard bok choy, except that this vegetable is smaller and has a leaves of a lighter green color. Baby bok choy grows similarly to full-size bok choy, but the fully grown heads are only approximately half the size of the standard bok choy.

Prepare a sunny garden area for planting in early spring. Work the soil with the garden spade down to a depth of approximately six inches. Add one inch of compost to the top of the soil and work the compost into the soil with the garden spade. Smooth and level the soil with the garden rake to finish preparing the planting area.

Plant the seeds approximately two inches apart and one-fourth of an inch deep. Water the newly planted seeds well and keep the soil moist during the germination period.

Watch for seedlings to sprout within approximately one week. Thin the baby bok choy seedlings to between four and six inches apart when the seedlings are several inches high.

Fertilize the baby bok choy plants approximately three weeks after planting by mixing the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for your growing area. Remove any weeds that grow around the baby bok choy plants. Keep the soil evenly moist during the growing period.

Harvest baby bok choy plants when they are approximately six inches high and before summer heat begins. Use the utility knife to cut the head off just above the soil level. Remove and discard the outer leaves before preparing the baby bok choy.


Things You Will Need

  • Compost
  • Garden spade
  • Garden rake
  • Trowel
  • Baby bok choy seeds
  • All-purpose fertilizer (water-soluble)
  • Utility knife


About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.