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

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

31 Oct 20, Surinder (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Please confirm from where to get okra seeds in Hamilton
04 Nov 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
On the internet or try local gardening shops
29 Oct 20, John Phuravhathu (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
How many seeds per hole for okra.
30 Oct 20, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Each 30-60cm plant two seeds about 10cm apart. About 3 weeks after germination pull out the weaker plant or transplant to where maybe none germinated. Don't put 2-3 seeds in each hole.
29 Sep 20, THUSO (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I stay in kimberley (south africa) where can i get okro?
30 Sep 20, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Try seed selling companies on the internet.
28 Sep 20, Lynn (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi I planted Okra in August and nothing came up. Was it perhaps to cold?
29 Sep 20, (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
The planting guide at the top of the page says to plant Oct to Feb, the reason probably is the soil temp. It needs warmer soil temp to germinate. Why because it is a summer crop NOT a winter crop.
16 Aug 20, Rachelle Brunetta (USA - Zone 10b climate)
I am in San Diego zone 10b, is it too late to plant okra in mid August ? (Gardenate : Check here www.gardenate.com/plant/Okra?zone=100 )
09 Sep 20, Sandra (USA - Zone 10b climate)
You can continue to plant okra so long as your weather stays warm to hot, so I just planted out 3 plants about two inches tall, they should produce until it’s too cold for them, they may live through the cold and maybe not. But do plant them where they get full sun all day whether the weather is cold or hot, they tolerate drought, very tough plant. Freeze anything you don’t eat right away. Pick often to produce more.
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