Top Questions About Bok Choy Plants

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Questions About Bok Choy Plants

Asked by
margaretbartel on
May 3, 2011

Q. Why Is My Bok Choy Flowering?

I planted it in mid-March in a container with good soil but it never got very big. I thinned it just recently and as soon as I thinned it, it bolted into flowering. The leaves are not very tightly packed as I was expecting. What did I do wrong? Or does it keep growing after it flowers? I live in Virginia.

Answered by
Heather on
May 10, 2011
Certified Expert
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It is bolting and is pretty much shot. It happens when the soil gets hotter than the plant likes. It accelerates the flowering process and the plant flowers before it is ready.

At this point in time, you can still eat the plant, but it will not taste as good and they will not grow any larger.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 10, 2011

Q. Protecting Plants Against Critters

I am growing bok choy for the first time. Although all my leafy greens in the same area are doing fine, my bok choy has become very holey, as if something is eating the leaves. Could you help me with suggestions of what might be doing this, and what I could do to protect my plants pesticide-free?

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 16, 2011

Q. Holes on Bok Choy Leaves

I have small and large holes on my bok choy plant leaves. Do you know what is causing this? And how to I remedy the problem?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 17, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Slugs are the usual suspects when there are holes but no pests to be found. They only come out at night, so they are hard to spot. This article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/facts-about-slugs-and-how-to-kill-garden-slugs.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 18, 2011

Q. Bok Choy

Our bok choy has flowers on it. Do we need to prune the plants?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 18, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Unfortunately, the flowering means that the plant has bolted and is probably not very tasty anymore. Bok Choy and other crops like it need to be harvested before they bolt. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/what-is-bolting-what-it-means-when-a-plant-bolts.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 26, 2011

Q. Bok Choy Plants

I have planted two bok choy plants from my local nursery. Since planting, yellow ‘flowers’ have appeared in the middle of each. Are these signs of a problem, and should they be removed?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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Unfortunately, the flowers means the plant is bolting. There is not much you can do about it. This article will explain more:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/what-is-bolting-what-it-means-when-a-plant-bolts.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 28, 2011

Q. Growing Bok Choy

Planted bok choy in spring. Weather is unusually hot. Now getting yellow flowers–is this ok? Does it need to be staked?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 28, 2011
Certified Expert
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The hot weather has caused it to bolt. This article will explain more:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/what-is-bolting-what-it-means-when-a-plant-bolts.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 30, 2011

Q. Bok Choy Is Flowering

My bok choy was planted aproximately 2-3 weeks ago, and it started sprouting stalks with flowers on them, even though the leaves are only 2-3 inches tall. What do I do. . . cut the stalk off, leave it, etc. ?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 30, 2011
Certified Expert
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Your bok choy has bolted. To keep plants from bolting, you need to keep their soil cool. Mulch helps. Most likely the crop will not be that good, but bitter. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/what-is-bolting-what-it-means-when-a-plant-bolts.htm

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