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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 68°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 14 - 24 inches apart
  • Harvest in 11-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peppers (Capsicum, Chili), Eggplant (Aubergine)
  • Okra on flowering plant

Raise seedlings in a similar way to capsicums - warmth is essential. Pick pods when they are about 5 - 8 cm (2-4 inches) long. Cut the stem below the pod with a knife. If the stem is too tough to cut then the pod is probably inedible!

Wear gloves when picking as okra are often covered in tiny irritating hairs (which disappear when cooked)

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Okra

Use pods cut or whole in soups or casseroles as a boiled vegetable, or stirfry. Freeze uncut okra pods for using later - they'll keep for months frozen.

Your comments and tips

18 Nov 18, Iman (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I moved to west Mackay last week. Where can I find Okra seeds to buy please? If ni space to plant at apartment what do you suggest ? Any farm or garden to rent a part if it? Thanks
01 Dec 18, Darcy (Australia - tropical climate) I get most of my seeds from there. They are quite cheap, I paid less than $2 for a small pack of okra seeds. They are Chem/pesticide free, non GMO etc and have a good selection of heirlooms too! Or, go to the Whitsundays markets in Mackay on a Wednesday morning, buy a bag of okra & harvest the seeds from them. Maybe plant into a big pot on a wheel base so u can move it in & out depending on the weather without hurting your back :)
18 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try Boondie Seeds. I have no idea about where to grow it - rent or farm - ask around or try pots.
10 Sep 18, Andy Mafata (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can i use okra for diabetes
27 Aug 18, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Can Okra grown in the North West Tasmania with temp around low to mid 20 degrees. I enjoy your information.
28 Aug 18, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Most of Tassie is cool/mountain. No planting guide here - too cold probably. 20 degrees - summer/winter - day or night temp????? Google and read up about TRYING to grow in cool/cold climate.
23 Aug 18, Komal (Australia - arid climate)
Hi I l lives in NSW. Last year I planted okra. I got lots of okra, but now only stem are left. No leafs. Should I germinate seeds again or wait for leafs n flower?
24 Aug 18, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The species is a perennial, often cultivated as an annual in temperate climates, and often grows to around 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall. It is related to such species as cotton, cocoa, and hibiscus. Google it if you need more info.
14 Aug 18, Kay Patena (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where can I get okra. I live in Hamilton New Zealand.
17 Aug 18, Jenelyn (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I bought my okra seeds from trade me but I saw okra seed selling at bunnings warehouse and ordering garden centre
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