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

16 Jul 20, haidar (Australia - temperate climate)
live in Melbourne Australia,when can I grow okra
16 Jul 20, Liz (Australia - temperate climate)
Check this page
12 Jul 20, Jean (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi there when can i plant my okra? Wil it be fine to start planting in August?
13 Jul 20, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Read the planting time guide for your climate zone.
08 Jul 20, (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can I sow okra around August
05 Jul 20, Mairlyn (USA - Zone 8a climate)
Is early July too late to sow okra in zone 8a (Virginia)? (
07 Jul 20, Matt Holloway (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Nope, get em in the ground!
25 Jun 20, Hope Livingstone (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can okra grow in winter if so in which areas
26 Jun 20, Anonymous (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Go the okra page. Then I suggest you go through all the different climate zones for south Africa and see if it says plant in winter.
29 May 20, Maggie Sorrels (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Is it too late to plant okra seeds ? How long till harvest?
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It's best to soak the seeds overnight first before sowing into seed trays. Last year I sowed the seeds straight into the garden bed and they were all gone. This year I did a bit of research and found

- Joey

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