Best time to plant Bok Choy in MN?

vjbakkeMay 19, 2012

I planted Ching Chang Boc choy last month, now it is heating up ( days over 80) and they are starting to bolt. I'm in central MN zone 4, I think I should have waited and planted them in the fall. I've never planted in the fall so i don't know when would be a good time to try planting them again? The end of Aug? or should I just try it again next early spring?

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I find a spring planting of bok choy or other Asian brassicas usually bolt unless I start the plants extremely early indoors, say late March, and get them into the garden before late April at the latest. Waiting longer I think just pretty much ensures bolting because the days are getting very long and temps are rising.

For fall planting, I start seeds generally around July 4th to mid-late July, transplant in August, and generally have only a few bolt out of the lot.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 6:43PM
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In my area I direct sow starting in the 3rd-4th week of July. I can sow later, say in early sept, for baby Boc choy.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 12:05PM
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john_p_wi(4 / 5 SE WI)

I agree with denninmi, I planted early March and has bolted already. The lengthening days and additional day heat - along with cold night temps - causes the bok choy and other asian greens to bolt.

Continue to plant through the season in good soil and keep moist.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 2:16PM
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