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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

07 Oct 17, Julia (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
seeds available online from various sellers and all post nz wide :)
02 Sep 17, Judith smith (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy okra plants or seeds in Victoria. Thank you
04 Sep 17, Darren (Australia - temperate climate)
The Seed Collection has okra seeds, and they are based in Victoria.
04 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I buy from Boondie Seeds (the internet) - $1 / packet for 10/20 seeds. $2 postage, so if you can, buy a few different variety of seeds to keep postage down - as in 10 packets will only cost you $2 in total. Have a look around the website.
17 Aug 17, Veronica (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I'm in the Free State WELKOM;where can I buy okra
17 Sep 17, Fathima Bibi Ismail (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
You can get Okra seeds at your local checkers hyper stores or builders warehouse stores. I'm in Durban and had lovely Okra last year so I'm also going to plant more this year Happy gardening
11 Jul 17, Gary Alexander (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi , I live in Cairns ,where can I buy okra ? Many Thanks
15 Jul 17, Sam (Australia - tropical climate)
At Rusty's
14 Jul 17, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Seed is readily available from seed companies like The Seed Collection, Greepatch, Eden Seeds, Green Harvest, etc. I think Yates also have it
09 Jun 17, Dale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
...can you tell me what time of the year is suitable for planting okra ..
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Try buying seed for next Spring planting. Okra germinates fairly easily and if you get started early in the Spring you will have a good few months of harvest. Seed is normally readily available but can also be sourced from online suppliers.

- John

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