Guide on how to Grow Bok Choy (Nai Bai) from Seeds in Singapore – Can you grow Bok Choy or Nai Bai from Seeds in Singapore? YES!
One of the top favourite vegetables to grow in Singapore is the Nai Bai.
Nai Bai is a variation of the Bok Choy family and the most telling sign of this unique item is the White Stems that they have.
The Nai Bai is very tasty and sweet when grown well and if you are someone who like to stir fry vegetables with garlic, this is one of the top choice items.
Let us share the “Guide on how to Grow Bok Choy (Nai Bai) from Seeds in Singapore”.
1. Get your Nai Bai Seeds
You can buy them online or at major nurseries in Singapore.
There are many options for Nai Bai, choose any of them is fine. But you could also plant a variety of them to see which taste better eventually.
2. Preparing your Nursery Container and Pot for transplant
The small plastic round containers are great for nursery containers.
Small and able to hold a decent amount of soil and thus water, this is a great way to place your seeds in the middle as well.
Prepare your pot for eventual transplant as well.
3. Soak your seeds
Soaking seeds helps you to kick start the germination process.
For Nai Bai Seeds, this matters because it will take 4-7 days instead of 2-4 days if you soak them for just 1-2 hours in lukewarm water.
This not just shorten your eventual harvesting time but also allows you to germinate a higher percentage of seeds as not all seeds will germinate.
4. Plant into small nursery container
Once you soaked the seeds, you can move them into your small nursery container.
This is when you should make sure you place them about 1cm into the soil. Not too deep but not too shallow.
Then water the container and wait 2-4 days for the small baby leaves to appear.
You can choose to place 2-3 seeds per container to ensure that you actually get 1 successful germination, if 3 seeds all germinate, you could move them around or thin them out eventually.
5. Transplant into their end pot
It is recommended that you wait close to 2 weeks before you transplant them to the bigger pot.
One thing is the growth of stronger roots. Stronger roots will withstand the damage of transplant as compared to having them move just a few days into germination.
Once you transplant the whole root ball with the soil in to its final location, make sure to water it thoroughly to prevent transplant shock.
6. Water Daily and Keep in Sunny Location
Nai Bai loves the sun, if you do not give it enough sun, it will end up leggy and thin which is not something that will taste good.
Water the vegetable daily to ensure that it is well moisture.
Do not overwater by watering way more than once a day.
7. Harvest when ready to consume
The plants are mostly ready to eat 1 month into transplanting, but you could let it grow a little further to get more of the nice juicy leaves and stems.
When the weather gets too hot or it gets older, it might start to flower, you should spot them and remove the flowers and consider harvesting.
When the plant starts to flower it might start to taste bitter and won’t be as good a vegetable to fry with.
8. Re fertilize the soil for next batch of growing
Usually we do not fertilize the soil while it is growing, so before you start your new batch, spray on some bone meal or some other organic fertilizer, let your soil rest for a few days and you are ready to go for another batch of lovely Nai Bai.
Nai Bai is relatively easy to handle as long as you water it daily and give it the sun it needs.
Fry them after harvest for its goodness!
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