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Bok Choy Brassica rapa (Pekinensis Group)

Other plants called Bok Choy:

Phonetic Spelling
BRAS-ih-ka RAY-puh
Description

This group is in the mustard family and goes by various names which sometimes overlap with the Chinensis group. They include Chinese Cabbage, Celery Cabbage, Napa Cabbage and Bok Choy. This group grows as broadleaved, compact heading types of Chinese cabbages.

They are cool weather plants and should be grown in the spring or fall. Plant in fertile well-drained soil in full sun and water as needed to keep the soil moist. Row covers are helpful to decrease insect problems. Use transplants in the spring or start seeds inside 6-7 weeks before the last frost date. Seeds can be direct sown for a fall crop.

Problems, Pests and Diseases: aphids, whiteflies, flea beetles, and caterpillars such as cabbage loopers, cutworms, and beet armyworms. Slugs and snails may also be a problem. Diseases include club root, white rust, leaf spot, and rots such as damping off and bacterial soft rot.

 

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Tags:
#vegetable garden#vegetable#edible leaves#cool season vegetable#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#vegetable garden#vegetable#edible leaves#cool season vegetable#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Brassica
    Species:
    rapa
    Family:
    Brassicaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mediterranean, Iran, Africa
    Edibility:
    Leaves are edible raw or cooked.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Vegetable
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Description:
    Plants are generally harvested before blooming occurs.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    White
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves vary per species. They are often crinkly in dark to pale green with white midribs.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Problems:
    Frequent Insect Problems
    Problem for Horses