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Growing Okra, also Ladyfinger, gumbo

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Okra in Australia - tropical regions)

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 20°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 35 - 60 cm apart
  • Harvest in 11-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peppers (Capsicum, Chili), Eggplant (Aubergine)
  • Okra on flowering plant
    Okra on flowering plant

In warm districts okra can be sown in garden beds. Raise seedlings in a similar way to capsicums - warmth is essential. Pick pods within a week of flowers opening - at about 5 - 8 cm long. Pods become tough and inedible if left too long.

Pods have a high gum content so do not appeal to everyone.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Okra

Use pods fresh or dried in soups or casseroles or as a boiled vegetable.

Your comments and tips

02 Sep 17, Judith smith (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy okra plants or seeds in Victoria. Thank you
04 Sep 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
The Seed Collection has okra seeds, and they are based in Victoria.
04 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I buy from Boondie Seeds (the internet) - $1 / packet for 10/20 seeds. $2 postage, so if you can, buy a few different variety of seeds to keep postage down - as in 10 packets will only cost you $2 in total. Have a look around the website.
11 Jul 17, Gary Alexander (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi , I live in Cairns ,where can I buy okra ? Many Thanks
15 Jul 17, Sam (Australia - tropical climate)
At Rusty's
14 Jul 17, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Seed is readily available from seed companies like The Seed Collection, Greepatch, Eden Seeds, Green Harvest, etc. I think Yates also have it
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.
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