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Slow to bolt... except if you live in Brisbane. I barely got a leaf out of this choy sum before it started to bolt. This all went into last night's dinner. Plenty more seeds where that came from.

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Comment by Dave Riley on July 23, 2020 at 19:42

How to Prevent Bolting in Bok Choy

There are several answers to what it means when bok choy bolts and how to prevent bolting. In bok choy, the key factor is shock, which can be caused by transplanting, temperature, and water. It’s a sign your plant is ‘panicking’ and feels the need to propagate (make seed) as quickly as possible.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Bok Choy Plant Bolt: How To Prevent Bolting In Bok Choy

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on July 23, 2020 at 19:18

How cold is it where you are because may be from big change in temperature from day to night  and the short days  may not help.Planted potatoes 4 months ago and think that to get good results in winter need to be in full sun and no shadows  as even though in open area got fantastic results from those away from any shade.

Comment by Dave Riley on July 22, 2020 at 22:05
We had a big feed of Choy Sum on last Sunday night. They were a bit lanky when picked.
My bok choy, on the other hand, has been great. I've been able to harvest as needed -- one at a time.
I prefer bok choy anyway.
The Choy Sum had a little bit of stringiness towards the base of the stems. Not much leaf -- like yours. And a couple had early flowering.
Comment by Fiona Ryan on July 19, 2020 at 9:58

Interesting point Andrew. I would say ‘yes, full sun all day’. The others seems OK and to be honest, I’m sure I’ll be up to my neck in it before I know it. I will however check just how much sun they get at various times in the day.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 18, 2020 at 21:10

Did it have enough sun?  I noticed my lettuce used to bolt if they didn't get enough sunlight (as well as in the heat).

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