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has anyone ever had success with pak choi?

Its our first effort and they are all bolting at just a couple of inches high.I"ve looked through t'internet and there are scores of posts about it (wished I'd looked before sowing) but numerous ans varied reasons for the problem . We have no trouble growing brassicas here.

 I blame Bob Flowerdew, it was his idea!

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Wooly, I am pretty sure that you have made that translation up.  I think I am right in saying that Pak Choi simply means white vegetable.  I suppose it's to do with the stems of the veg being mainly white in colour.  If you know different, point me to some evidence![:)]
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yes it means going (or bolting to) seed ... getting there much faster than it would in prime growing conditions.  My spinach is bolting and it's still tiny ... barely a few leaves per plant and now it's full of seed heads.

Plants to it when they are stressed ... most often due to the soil being too hot and irregular watering.

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[quote user="Tony F Dordogne"]That's the problem newbiee, I've had a few of my CCA's bolting but not all of them because I make up my own mix.  Could also be that the plants were put in a bit early, mine going out this/next week together with my other Chinese greens.[/quote]

Tony, please, please explain about your mix and about how to go about planting "other Chinese greens".

I adore Chinese greens but don't know the first thing about planting them?

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[quote user="sweet 17"]

Tony, please, please explain about your mix and about how to go about planting "other Chinese greens".

I adore Chinese greens but don't know the first thing about planting them?

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Nothing to explain really.  I buy seeds for the Chinese/Asian greens from a specialist supplier in the UK, asian Basils, Pak Choi, Mibuna and Minzuna Greens, whatever takes my fancy really, grow some on in godet but always leave it late to put in the main crop so they have less of a tendancy to bolt.

Basil is grown in pots and put out in late June/early July because I think it has less tendancy to bolt or to rot off and that seems to work for me.

As for the CCA, you just buy the seeds, mix them yourself (very inexact science), put them in and wait for them to grow.  One or two run to seed/bolted but in the main, having a good crop, put the seeds in in rotations, 10-14 days apart, three lots and it works for me.

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Thank you, Tony.  I'm not actually sure (apart from pak choi) what the other greens are and what they look like, so will research on the internet and be sure what I'm buying to begin with.

Apart from Blette and cabbage, I haven't really found many green leafy vegetables to buy out here.

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