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Brassica rapa var. chinensis 'Mei Qing Choi'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: rapa var. chinensis
Cultivar: Mei Qing Choi

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Farmerdill On May 1, 2013, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This hybrid performs well and is quite attractive. Not as large or as vigorous as Joy Choi but excellent if one prefers green ribs.

Positive Sherilou On Feb 23, 2013, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mei Qing is my favorite. It's quick to grow and the flavor is excellent. Bugs love to eat this plant, so have your favorite, organic insecticide ready to use!

Positive rebecca101 On Mar 18, 2005, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

A dwarf bok choy with a tight growth habit and pale green stems. Grows fast -- very succulent and delicious. Does not get woody at all like some larger choys. You can stir-fry the entire plant whole if you harvest them very young, or break it apart into separate leaves. Needs cool weather -- plant early spring or late summer.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Panama City, Florida
Venice, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Vinton, Ohio
Madison, Wisconsin

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