Monday, July 26, 2010

Pak Choy, the fourth update.

Pak Choy or Sawi Putih

deep container in the dry yard
pak choy 
in deep container
close-up of pak choy in deep container

shallow container alongside the house
pak choy 
in shallow container

close-up of pak choy 
in shallow container

an older batch of pak choy,
ready to be taken anytime

1st posting on pak choy serial:  Pak Choy stage by stage.
2nd posting on pak choy serial: Pak Choy adding more leaves
3rd posting on pak choy serial:  Pak Choy third update 
4th posting on pak choy serial:
Week 1 ~ first pair of leaves
Week 2 ~ second pair of leaves
Week 3 ~ on average, 6 leaves. the leaves are increasing in size
Week 4 ~ the plants concentrate on increasing the size, new shoots are slow now.

pak choy in deep container.
This container is well outside our garden. In fact it is in the dry yard where kakdah normally hangs the cloths. The area is enclosed with brickwall, about 5' 6" high with two swing doors at both ends. The floor is tiled orange. She can get to the area through the kitchen's door. Pests in the form of grasshoppers seldom get to the area. Therefore, dry yard is well away from pest. The plants are totally free from pest bites.  Since the pot is at the edge of roof line, sunlight is fairly reduced and we would expect plants to be a little bit lanky.
pak choy in shallow container
This container is placed alongside the house, within the canopy of the roof. Lawn is 5 feet away. There will be pests straying to the pot once in a while. Grasshoppers seem to like pak choy very much. The biting habit is evident, but still tolerable. Pak choy grow better at this location, because of ample sunlight.



  1. Dear Bangchik, It is most interesting how plants grow in different sized containers. I have never grown or, indeed, eaten Pak Choy and wonder what kind of receipts Kakdah uses for it.

    I loved the sound of your orange tiled courtyard which you use for drying.

  2. Hi Bangchik,

    It's good idea to grow your Pak Choy in your dry yard. Garden pests do a lot of damage to many gardens, but if - like you have done - you can find a place where the pests don't come, then you've made your life as a gardener much easier. Actually, during the last few days, I've been talking on the Garden Stew Forum with another gardener from Malaysia, KK Ng. He tried to grow some Romaine Lettuce but unfortunately most of them were eaten by pests, such as slugs and snails. However, finally he found a way to protect the remaining plants. And now everything seems to be going well. But your solution is also great - providing, of course, the plants get enough light. But I understand on you that this is not a problem.

    Thanks for the pictures! :-)


  3. Grasshoppers love to munch on my asian greens as well. They know the good stuff.

    I like how you experiment with growing in different sites. I do that too and find that the raised bed in my garden nearly always double in production as in the ground.

  4. I've never grown Pak Choy but may try it next year. I like to try seeds in different places to see where they do best, too. My deck is up high and seems to be the safest from pests. I hope these stay safe from the grasshoppers!

  5. I never grown Pak Choy before. It look a bit like Sawi. My Sawi always become a delicious meal for grasshopper! Next time i should find a safe place for them! ;-)

  6. good experiment. IT's looking good!

  7. Your pak choy looks great! I have just started with "nai pak". Are you familiar with this? How do you cook your "pak choy". It is interesting to know how this veggie is enjoyed by others. We usually just stir-fry them with lots of garlic.

  8. Very interesting post! Both pots are looking wonderful and happy.

  9. I think my pak choy got problem.. it's been few months but still doesn't growth like yours.. may b the way i plant them..

  10. interesting to experiment with different sized pots and different positions.

  11. I have my Pak Choy in full hydroponic systems out in the garden. I planted swiss chard, pak choy and Mustard greens. The pests ate up my Mustard greens, which I am fine with and for the most part left everything else alone. This also tells me when pests arrive so I can make up Habenero Pepper Spray to kill the spider mites and drive away most everything else and not harm my plants.


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