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Growing Okra, also Ladyfinger, gumbo

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S   P              

(Best months for growing Okra in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 68°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 14 - 24 inches apart
  • Harvest in 11-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peppers (Capsicum, Chili), Eggplant (Aubergine)

Your comments and tips

09 Jun 17, Dale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
...can you tell me what time of the year is suitable for planting okra ..
12 Jun 17, Jack (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sow seed in trays in August/September and transplant out in October/November
27 May 17, Anne (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I live in Bathurst NSW when would I plant okra
29 May 17, Sean (Australia - temperate climate)
Okra likes a hotter season and could be planted from October as seed in a seed bed and from later in November as plants. Don't plant after the end of the year as there won't be enough season left to grow and harvest them.
16 May 17, Chris Jacobson (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I started growing from seed then it severely eaten by ? what do I do
17 May 17, Jack (Australia - temperate climate)
If it is a chewing pest such as caterpillars you could spray with Natures Way Caterpillar Killer. This is an organic, natural spray that is harmless to birds, animals, us, etc and is effective against caterpillars. If they are only small plants it could be cutworms that live just below the soil surface.
24 Apr 17, itayi shumba (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
is it safe to grow okra in may june july months. how productive can the plants be in the winter months, not too much frost in my area
25 Apr 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
They may be perennial but it would be better to treat them as an annual and replant them each spring. This would also give you young, vigorous plants.
11 Apr 17, James Choche (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I have being using this crop for two months now and has proved beneficial. But it is difficult to get it here in Kuruman, sold out within hours of stock arrival. Do you know any suppliers near Kuruman or Kimberley where I can buy just for own consumption?
11 Apr 17, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try buying seed for next Spring planting. Okra germinates fairly easily and if you get started early in the Spring you will have a good few months of harvest. Seed is normally readily available but can also be sourced from online suppliers.
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Seed is readily available from seed companies like The Seed Collection, Greepatch, Eden Seeds, Green Harvest, etc. I think Yates also have it

- John

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