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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 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

12 Dec 17, Daniella (Australia - temperate climate)
I found them this week at the central markets in adelaide, at the big Chinese grocer next to the food court (Kim wangs)
05 Nov 17, Chin (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy okra seedlings in adelaide?
06 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try the seed selling companies on the internet. The seed collection company - Boondie etc.
04 Oct 17, David Reade (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Source of seeds, young plants in Wellington? And how wet and wind tolerant are they?
22 Nov 17, InWelly (New Zealand - temperate climate)
seeds at Bunnings Mitre10 etc germinate easy inside so far no successful transplants tho
07 Oct 17, Julia (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
seeds available online from various sellers and all post nz wide :)
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.
17 Aug 17, Veronica (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I'm in the Free State WELKOM;where can I buy okra
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Hi , I live in Cairns ,where can I buy okra ? Many Thanks

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