I’ve just harvested my “Bok Choy” from my flood and drain hydroton media bed system about two weeks ago using the cut-and-come-again technique. It didn’t work, and for a good reason. Explore further to find out why.
Bak Choys never seem to grow big with aquaponics, well at least it’s true with my set-up, but they taste really delicious though. I tried the cut and come again technique for the harvest this time around but it didn’t work. This is what happened…
I was doubtful when I tried it, mainly because I didn’t think the bok choy were big enough to perform one. But the curiosity got the better side of me and I had to go with it!
A cut-and-come-again harvesting technique leaves your plants growing again and again without having to up-root them. Now, for bak choi the proper way of doing this is to cut the leaves above the growing point. This way, the plant is able to regrow it’s leaves to be harvested again.
Here’s a video showing the proper cut-and-come-again technique on bak choy plant:
Well, due to the fact that my aquaponics bak choy were small in size and they did not grow the way they do on soil, I made the cut here, please see picture below, just to see if it works:
And after two weeks this is what happened:
The bok choy stems dried and the leaves never grew back up again…Look at the positive side, I have successfully proved that cut-and-come-again technique, cannot be done this way :).
I hope you have gained some extra knowledge and understanding about cut-and-come-again harvesting. What works and what doesn’t. Try out new things, be adventures about it. And most importantly have fun with it.
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