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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 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
    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

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
09 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Boondie seeds have it. On the internet.
02 Jan 18, Margaret (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I want to plant Okra right now, May be too late. Please advise. thanks
04 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Under Okra on this site it says plant seeds Jan and Feb so have a go.
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
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Try the seed selling companies on the internet. The seed collection company - Boondie etc.

- Mike

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