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Brassica rapa subspecies chinensis (Bok Choy)

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Best Australian natives for pots & small gardens. The trend towards smaller gardens has inspired the plant lovers in the nursery industry to respond with an ever-increasing range of Australian plants that will delight those who want to attract birds and butterflies and bring a little bit of the bush onto their balconies. From banksias to bottlebrush there are plants that will add colour and texture to provide year round interest.

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Plant description

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The succulent, broad, shiny leaves held on fleshy white stems distinguish this useful Asian vegetable. It grows rappidly from seed to harvest in a matter of a few months. Plant the seeds directly into their final position in the vegetable garden and thin out the seedling if necessary so that they are 30cm apart in the rows. Grow them in a sunny well drained position and give them a liquid feed every fortnight to get the plants to reach their full potential. Leaves can be harvested on a regular basis to add to stir fries but harvest the whole plant if it starts to push up the slender flower stem.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Yellow or white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.3 metres
Minimum height: 0.2 metres

Maximum width: 0.3 metres
Minimum width: 0.2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Pests

aphids, thrips

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: spring to summer.

Types of fertiliser: General purpose.

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