Pak choi is bolting

mamabear2(z4/5Bk HillsSD)June 15, 2006

help!! I can't believe it. My Pak choi is already bolting. I went out and cut all of the blossoms off and trimmed some of the larger leaves to try and eat. Is this like lettuce. Will it be bitter after it bolts. I hate to pull it all if I can get some more harvests out of it. But I don't want to leave it in the garden if it is done for.

This is my first time growing it and we've only had a couple of meals out of it.

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks. Pam in the Black Hills.

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Violet_Z6(6a)

Exactly what variety is it? Where did you get it from? There are many, many varieties with different growing habits.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2006 at 11:37PM
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billme(6 Pennsylvania)

You can use it as a cut-and-come-again crop but it will get increasingly tough and bitter. In my market garden I usually harvest the bolted flowers as a garnish or as an addition to salads, but your best bet is to plant small amounts frequently to harvest young and tender.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2006 at 10:19PM
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mamabear2(z4/5Bk HillsSD)

I used a package of seeds from Lake Valley Seeds. It says Pak Choi Cabbage, Chinese Mustard (50 days). Can I save the seeds to grow again? Thanks for your advice. This is a great forum.

Pam

    Bookmark   June 17, 2006 at 8:33AM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

Can I save the seeds to grow again?

Yes, you should be able to.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2006 at 3:26PM
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billme(6 Pennsylvania)

Or plant a short row in the fall, when they will last and re-leaf without bolting past the first mild frosts. Truely delicious when cool weather comes.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2006 at 2:04AM
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digit(ID/WA)

Pam, please note that Billme is saying he uses flowers and stalks as salad additions. Except when the pak choi was very young - you probably didn't feel it was tender enough for salads.

As Violet notes (and I am learning) there are many pak choi varieties. However, all of the 4 or 5 varieties I have grown have very tender and sweet flowering stalks. Please go out to your garden and try some. You should be delighfully surprised.

Steve

    Bookmark   June 18, 2006 at 11:21PM
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mamabear2(z4/5Bk HillsSD)

digit: I have a whole pile I trimmed and threw away, however as of yesterday I think I have another whole pile of flowering stalks. Tee Hee. Yes I planted two rows. Next time I'll know to plant smaller and more often. I'm taking your advice and trying some stalks today in a salad.

Thanks for all the great advice. Pam

    Bookmark   June 19, 2006 at 8:04AM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

mamabear2,

Usually the stalks are cooked. Either quickly sauteed or quickly stir fried.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2006 at 12:14PM
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