Thursday, March 17, 2011

When life gives you lemons....

For some reason, two of my bok choi plants bolted.  It was probably stress.  (Yes, even plants bolt when stressed, heh).

These poor little bok choi seedlings got all but completely consumed by slugs early on.  They were eaten back to the wick.  I finally killed all the slugs and amazingly, the plant started coming back--just in time for frigid cold nighttime temps in the 20's that seemed to go on and on.

They say this is a cold weather plant, but all my bok choi seemed to stress when the temps got into the 20's.  They developed a strange pattern to the leaves, and in the end, these two little plants bolted.

So I turned it from a food crop into an ornamental, letting it grow mostly because I was interested in finding out what bok choi flowers look like.  (These turned out so pretty, I'm tempted to let a broccoli plant flower just to see it bloom.)

Good news is, the bok choi I planted in the barrels around 2/1 are doing beautifully.  They've rebounded from their frost damage and will be ready to eat any time now.  So, all in all, I got pretty flowers from one, dinner from the others.  Not bad!


  1. Those are really pretty! I had most of my carrots bolt because of some heat we got here over a day or so but I have other carrots that are doing fine.


  2. Thanks, Luis! I have carrots growing, but the neighbor's cat dug right in the middle of my seedlings. I'm a cat lover, but this one has me fantasizing about shot guns! LOL

  3. Hi Lori, I just happened to find your blog. Looks like you're off to a great start this growing season! Sorry your asian green bolted but the flowers sure are pretty!

  4. Hi Holly, and thanks for visiting my blog! (Yours is so pretty!) Good luck on your gardening!