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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)

Your comments and tips

06 Jul 19, Tim (USA - Zone 9a climate)
How well does okra grow with green and Roma beans and field peas?
14 Jun 19, Quincy (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Why do okra rot during flowering stage
26 Feb 19, Russell Byers (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi. Wondering whether okra is an annual,perennial or bi annual in the adelaide area and whether cold winter temps knock them back.
28 Feb 19, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Try an internet search - google or
27 Jan 19, Mrunal (Australia - temperate climate)
I had grow okra seed directly to my back yard in the soil on Dec 2018 last week but there is no any germination find out so please guide me for further perusal
03 Dec 19, Mary (Australia - temperate climate)
Okra takes 10-14 days to germinate so be patient.
29 Jan 19, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
You need warm weather without it being too hot. Read the above and maybe try again later this year.
24 Dec 18, Nkumbulo J. Ntshapha (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
As we are approaching the month of January, is it the right time for Okra? I'm in SA in KZN south coast. Thanking you in anticipation
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
04 Mar 19, Anna (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I got some okra seeds from the Asian Italian grocer on Shakespeare street.
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