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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

15 Feb 18, Hosheder (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I want to buy some okra seeds. Where can I buy them?
15 Feb 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Try a search on-line for 'seed suppliers'
08 Feb 18, Kristin (USA - Zone 10b climate)
I don't think this is right. Your calendar says Okra will not grow in Miami, FL, (according to your site is 11a but USDA says 10b) But they grew and produced for me like crazy in the dead of summer. Granted I watered frequently but the heat did not faze them. And I am in Homestead, FL, 5 min from the Keys.
08 Feb 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Kristin, if you check here https://www.gardenate.com/zones/#zone-US , you will find that Miami is included in both 10b and 11a. We use the USDA for our advice.
07 Feb 18, John Manousso (Australia - temperate climate)
Can you please tell me how to grow Okra the best way in the Liverpool area... what do I need prepare to plant the seeds once they germinate. Thank...John
07 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
A garden bed should be started to be made ready 4-6 weeks before you plant seeds or seedlings in it. Dig it over several times adding compost manures grass clippings lime and some fertiliser if you wish. By the time you plant you should have nice friable soil. By the guide here you should have planted seeds Oct/Nov and have planted seedlings Dec/Jan. So you plant out seedlings 4-6 weeks after they germinate. Give it a go.
27 Jan 18, Heather (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi there. Can orkra be frozen so it is available all year ?
02 Feb 18, Fathima Bibi Ismail (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Yes. It can be Frozen :)
09 Jan 18, David (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have a new glasshouse and wonder whether I will be able to grow okra in this. Any tips? thanks
08 Jan 18, Kathy Lather (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can you please tell me where I can find this vegetable to try and also the seed to plant. On the Gold Coast thanks
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