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Growing Pak Choy from Scraps

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by fyrefly trayle (subscribe)
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Published April 9th 2021
Make your money stretch further
If you love fresh, tasty, Asian greens, then this little project is for you. The next time you buy a bunch of pak choy, bok choy, or any type of Chinese cabbage, chop off the base and plant it. In a little over three months, you'll have fresh greens to harvest from your own garden.

Step 1:

Cut approximately 2-3 cm from the base of each plant and use the leaves as usual for your cooking. Add about 1 cm of water to the bottom of a shallow dish and place the bases in it (as shown below). Place the dish on a window ledge or somewhere sunny, taking care to make sure that the spot does not get too hot. Asian greens are typically grown in the cooler months.

Bok Choy; Asian greens
Bok Choy base in bowl of water

Step 2:

Within days, little baby leaves should start sprouting from the centre of each base.

Bok Choy; Asian greens; cuttings; regrow
Two days later

Step 3:

At about 1 week, plant the bases in a pot with good soil or find a suitable place in the garden. In the cooler months, a sunny spot is ideal. In summer, cooler, shadier areas with the morning sun are best. Water the plants in and add some slow-release fertilizer if you wish. Water the plants each day.

Bok Choy; Asian greens; regrow
At eight weeks.

Step 4:

When the plants are large enough, harvest some leaves and enjoy your homegrown produce! You can either harvest the whole plants or just pick enough of the outer leaves for the day.

Bok choy
At eleven weeks.

It's a satisfying activity that you can engage in with young children.
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