Pak Choi Flowering?

Autumn planted pak choi may well be in full bloom now. It adds a wonderful splash of yellow during these slightly colourless months, so is well worth allowing it to flower, but it will happily self seed, so be careful!

Check the flower heads to see if you can see any seed pods developing – they are quite small, spiky little pods of green, perhaps 1cm long. You can see some in the left hand photo. If they are there, the plants are getting ready to shed their seeds.

Of course, you can leave them to it, but you may prefer to cut them back and pop them on the compost heap to leave your beds ready for spring plantings! Not cutting them back will result in plenty of tiny seedlings popping up in spring… which you may see as a blessing or a curse!