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Grow Pak Choi Microgreens Quickly

Pak choi is a microgreen known by many names. Perhaps more recognizable by the name of Chinese cabbage or bok choy, it is a micrograft that is very easy to grow, both by technique and by its speed. You can get a new batch of pak choi microgreens every 10 days if you want, making it a great microgreen for beginners.

Most of what you need to grow pak choi microgreens can be found around your home, but if you want to buy supplies to grow in a more consistent and measured way, here’s what I use for my commercial-level production:

Fill your container to just below the edge with your soil mixture and tamp it down slightly. Do not be too energetic, otherwise the roots of your seeds will find it difficult to penetrate the soil.

Then use a spice shaker or other tool to achieve the most even distribution of the seeds. These two steps are important when it comes time to harvest. An even soil area and an even distribution of seeds will make the harvest much smoother.

As for the amount of seeds: I use about 1 oz for a 10×20 tray, so use that as a starting point. If you are growing in a smaller or larger container, try to match the distribution of seeds in the image above.

Spray your seeds lightly after sowing and cover your container with something to prevent light from hitting your seeds. This creates a more favorable environment for their germination.​ The Pak choi germinates in 24 to 48 hours, so keep an eye on your plants during this period and check their progress.

Growing

​After germination, you should continue to cover them until they begin to lose their shell and are at least 1″ Long. By stretching them a little, you give yourself some leeway when harvesting.

Water well over the next week or so, be sure to inspect your crop for mold or mildew, as well as dead spots. Growing in the sun, you need to water more often. You will need to water less often if you have a deep container (as I do in these photos). The soil will retain more moisture, and the roots of your small plants will not suck much.

Harvest

After about ten days, your pak choi microgreens are ready to be harvested. You can grow them even longer to the stage of the real leaf, but it’s up to you. Your yield will increase, but the flavor profile will begin to soften a little. Give it a try, you might prefer it!

When harvesting, use a very sharp knife that cuts directly through the stems. Aim about 1/2 ” above the bottom line to avoid dirt such as soil or seed husks. Keep your container at an angle if you can so that your greens fall directly into their final container.

You don’t need to wash your pak choi pickups if you harvest well and don’t have mold or mildew problems. By not washing, you will save precious time, and also extend the shelf life of greens.

Make sure they are completely dry when you store them. Place them in a sealed container in the refrigerator and they should last at least a week – but try to eat them while they are fresh!​

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