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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 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

14 Aug 18, Kay Patena (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where can I get okra. I live in Hamilton New Zealand.
15 Aug 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
You can buy okra seeds from any reputable online seed seller e.g. Egmont Seeds.
07 Jul 18, Nomuds (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi I like to know if you have okra leaves. I'm in Phoenix Durban and my contact number is 0713019787
14 Jun 18, Rae (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi I have very alkaline soils - will okra grow well enough in this. Any suggestions of what to add to keep them happy? Cheers R
15 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google - how to change alkaline soils and read up. Different ways of going about it. Chemicals - compost - manures etc.
21 May 18, Rachel (Canada - Zone 3b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Question: When can I stop bringing in my okra seedlings at night? Is +9C too cold? Thanks, Rachel
19 May 18, onesmus (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi am in johannesburg and i need okrah leaves in plenty, where can i get them???
03 Apr 18, NICK OOSTHUIZEN (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Looking for seeds in fochville area
11 Mar 18, Jennifer (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Hi, could okra be grown year round if grown in a temperature controlled tunnel?
27 Feb 18, Mohammed (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Is it too late to grow OKRA now in Sydney - Blacktown area
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