How To Grow Okra
- Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves.
- Spacing: Space seedlings 38*45cm
- Soil: Fertilize prior to planting, and again when plants are 12 inches tall, and finally when the plants begin to flower.
- Temperature: Grows best when temperatures remain above 50°c
- Additional Care: Okra is very tolerant of clay soils and heat.
Appearance And Use
This exotic, tropical-looking, plant grows 3-6 feet tall and produces 2-3 inch, pale yellow with a maroon centre, Hibiscus-like flowers. Narrow, ribbed, edible pods with pointed ends follow the flowers. The pods become tough as they increase in size, so harvest them when they are 3 inches long or less. Pick them daily to keep the plants in production.
How To Sow
Sow under cover 4-6 weeks directly outside in warmer areas from late spring.
Sow 1/2-3/4 inch deep, 2 to a pot, and thin to strongest seedling, or thinly in rows, thinning to 18-24 inches between plants.
Plant out after the last frost.
Sunny location required in order to maximize harvest.
Harvest pods when they are young and tender, 2 1/2 – 3 inches long.