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Bok Choy?
June 19, 2011
11:12 pm
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Chicken Crossing
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Does anyone have experience growing Bok Choy?  I love the stuff and decided to plant it in the garden this year.  I'm confused by it because it is no where near the size of the stuff I get in the store yet it is flowering already! In my gardening experience that means the plant is going to seed!  It just seems to early!  I'm wondering if anyone has some experience with this plant and has some sage advice for me.  I live in South Dakota and the garden has only been in for about 6 weeks.  The only thing I've been harvesting from the garden is the garden lettuce.  

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June 19, 2011
11:25 pm
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We grew bok choy this year.  It sounds like you might have baby bok choy.  It only gets to like 5 or 6 inches tall (at most) before it goes to seed.  I say harvest & enjoy!  It can tend to get a bit of a bitter taste if you let it sit & flower too much.  We actually prefer the baby bok choy & have enjoyed it this year.  It's a definite keeper in our garden.

June 19, 2011
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Thanks so much for the info.  I had no idea there was a miniture version of bok choy!  I'd better get down to my garden first thing tomorrow and get it all harvested!  I don't want it to get bitter.  I suppose I will freeze the majority of it for soups and stir fry later this year and enjoy some fresh for now. Thanks again! happy-flower

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June 20, 2011
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We grow the Napa Chinese Cabbage every year but have never been able to grow it in the Spring.   I know that is not the same as Bok Choy but thought the growing conditions might be similar.   Here when we try and grow Napa in the Spring it turns off hot just about the time it should be heading and it goes to seed.   We start our seeds in late July and that way the weather is getting cooler as the plants get bigger and we have pretty gooImage Enlargerd luck with it.

June 20, 2011
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Oh, that explains so much … there isn't any gardeners with whom I interact locally that are into bok choy or Chinese cabbage so little info here.  I've had truly lousy luck with bok choy and was switching off to the Chinese cabbage, but the central CA heat still renders it sharp.  Thank you, Joyce, will make a new pass on the planting toward mid to late August due to the harder dry heat here (warmer autumns too) … although all the seeds also have a tough time starting in 100 degree weather!

June 21, 2011
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Wow! Who knew it would be such a timing issue to plant a little bok choy.  I'm freezing all of the tiny bok choy thats in my garden now and will replant some in a few weeks and again a few weeks after that to see what the ideal time for planting bok choy is here in the
South Dakota summers.  I'm so glad to have such a great community to come to with these issues!  You are such a wealth of knowledge!

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June 22, 2011
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If  you are interested in growing Oriental Veggies but don't have a lot of choice locally,  we have used this web site for several years.  They have a large selection of seeds (40 kinds of Chinese Cabbage for instance) :-   http://evergreenseeds.com/vegetableseeds

June 24, 2011
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I had the same issue with the variety I grew, and we're in NE CT.  I harvested all of it last week, freezing some, and stir-frying the rest.  I'm going to try a fall crop to see if it helps with the early bolting. 

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