Also called pak choi, this leafy green has been cultivated in Asia for centuries. A miniature variety, 'Toy Choy' grows just 5" tall and is ready to harvest in as few as 30 days. The thick, white stems and glossy, dark green leaves are tender and crisp. Tolerates warm weather better than full-size types. Small plants are ideal for growing in containers.
• Botanical Name: Brassica rapa var. chinensis (hybrid)
• Days to Maturity: 30–35 days
• Family: Brassicaceae
• Native: Eurasia
• Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial usually grown as an annual
• Plant Dimensions: 5" tall, wide
• Variety Information: Smooth, dark green leafy blades in a cluster, with white, crisp stems. 'Toy Choy' is a small type bok choy, reaching only 5" tall.
• Attributes: Good for Containers
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 60°F; ideally 75°–85°F. Sow again in late summer for fall crop. In Mild Climates, sow in the fall for winter or spring harvest.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended due to quick maturity.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6"
• Row Spacing: 12"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 6"
• Harvesting: Harvest in the morning, if possible. Harvest individual, outer leaves as the plant grows and/or cut the entire plant at the base when it is full size. Dunk the harvest in cold water and drain before storing.