Chinese Cabbage, Tokyo Bekana
Chinese cabbages are fast-growing, low maintenance annuals.
This is one of our favorite cabbages to grow because of its personality. Tokyo bekana is a loose-head cabbage that adds a beautiful pop of color with its large blonde ruffled leaves that are curly at the edges. The leaves are buttery and mild in flavor, making them perfect for salads. Similar to bok choy, it will mature with slim white stems that widen at the base and are very crunchy and juicy. Delicious as a salad leafy green!
Days to Maturity: 10-20 baby leaf; 30- 45 days full size
Plant size: 12-14" tall
Plant spacing: 12-18” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Chinese cabbage prefers cooler temperatures for its main growing season, although we have been successfully growing this variety year-round. It prefers a sunny location with fertile, well-draining soil. Keep uniformly moist, especially during dry spells.
Harvesting: You can harvest young baby leaves for salad mixes or harvest the whole plant when it is fully mature.
Culinary: Tokyo bekana’s sweet mild flavor makes it perfect for stir-fries and adds a depth of flavor to soups. You can eat the leaves fresh as you would a lettuce leaf – in salads, sandwiches, and more!
Nutrients: Tokyo Bekana is an excellent source of fiber, contains multiple vitamins, calcium, iron, and is rich in antioxidants.
Companion planting: Plant near brussels sprouts, celery, chard, spinach, tomatoes, dill, chamomile, onion, mint, beetroot, potatoes, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, hyssop, nasturtium, tansy, beans, peas, coriander, lettuce, and beets. Keep away from strawberries, rue, tomatoes, garlic, pole beans, and mustard. Celery helps repel cabbage worms.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.