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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)

Your comments and tips

01 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Should be Ok by this website. It says plant up to Feb - today is only 1st March.
04 Mar 18, Jill (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Have been harvesting okra since last week Feb (Brisbane) but it's been really hot
16 Feb 18, Anette (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it too late to sow okra seed in Adelaide?
19 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
You are Temperate zone. It says plant by Jan - you can give it a try.
15 Feb 18, Hosheder (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I want to buy some okra seeds. Where can I buy them?
27 Mar 18, mark (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I buy my okra seeds from bunnings in Hamilton.
23 Feb 18, Larry Grigson (New Zealand - temperate climate)
just noticed an okra pod seeds germinated inside the pod.. in the friidge .... planted out now
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.
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The Seed Collection has okra seeds, and they are based in Victoria.

- Darren

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