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.
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.
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.