Not a lot of us actually know about bok choy (or pak choi) even though we’ve probably eaten it. Bok choy is a type of green vegetables in the Brassicaceae family. Sometimes bok choy is dubbed as ‘spoon cabbage’ because it’s shaped a little bit like a spoon. Bok choy can be made into soups or stir fry or even garnish. Bok choy originated in China then spread to all over the world. Bok choy is packed with nutrients and especially high in iron.
Bok choy is also one of the vegetables that can be grown hydroponically. The hydroponic method has many advantages, one of the top of the list being we don’t need large areas to do it. We can even use used plastic bottles for this.
Here’s how to grow hydroponic bok choy with the wick technique:
- Prepare your tools and materials: rockwool as planting medium, hydroponic nutrients, net pot, bok choy seeds, Styrofoam, flannel, bucket, and other tools.
- Put bok choy seeds in the wet planting medium, one or two seeds per medium.
- Put the lid on, make sure it’s tight, and put it in dark area to keep the humidity stable so your seeds can germinate. Open the lid once some buds have been seen and move it to a well-lit area.
- You can start planting your bok choy after you’ve seen at least three or four leaves in the medium, then you can move them. Add hydroponic nutrients into it to maximize growth and development and you won’t need extra fertilization.
- Check your bok choy regularly to make sure they’re still alive and not wilting.
- Harvest can be done after day 45.
All in all, you can see that those steps in how to grow hydroponic bok choy are quite simple and they will produce high quality bok choy. Hydroponic method is very useful especially if you live in the city and you want to do some home gardening. Good luck!