How to grow bok choy in containers

This vegetable known as bok choy is tasty and it low in calories, and is also rich in vitamins and minerals. However, what about growing this wonderful vegetable container? Growing bok choy in a pot isn’t only possible, it is very easy. Continue reading to learn how to plant bok choy in a pot.  

 How to Grow Bok Choy in a Pot

Actually bok choy is a good-sized plant. To actually grow potted bok choy start with a pot that has a depth of about twenty inches and a width of at least twelve inches to grow one plant. You can double the width of the container if you want to grow more than one potted bok choy plants. Start by filling the pot with fresh, lightweight potting mix that contains ingredients like finely chopped bark, compost, or peat. Try and avoid regular garden soil, which doesn’t drain well. Bok choy plant does not tolerate soggy soil. Make sure you mix a small amount of dry, organic fertilizer to the potting mix. You can start the bok choy seeds indoors 4 to 5 weeks before the last frost date in your area, either in the pot or in seedling trays. Alternatively you can save time and purchase the small plants at your local garden center or nursery. Either way, allow six to eight inches between each plant.

Also you can plant a second batch in later summer for a fall harvest.

How to Care for Container Grown Bok Choy

Make sure you place the potted bok choy where it can receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. An afternoon shade is also beneficial if you live in a hot climate. Make sure you water the bok choy regularly and never allow the soil to become bone dry. On the other hand also avoid overwatering as the plant may rot in waterlogged soil. Make sure you water carefully at the base of the plant in other to keep the leaves as dry as possible. You can easily cover the potted bok choy with a net if pests such as cabbage loopers or other caterpillars are a problem. Flea beetles, aphids and other small pests can easily be treated with insecticidal soap spray. During harvest you can remove the outer leaves of the plant and then allow the inner part of the plant to continue growth. This cut-and-come-again method of harvesting really allows the bok choy plant to produce leaves for a longer period of time.

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