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

18 Feb 21, Bert (Australia - temperate climate)
I got my seeds from The Reject Shop. Prevent mildew on okra plants 1 Part Milk 9 Part water 1 tsp bicarb
14 Dec 20, (Australia - temperate climate)
Internet seed selling companies. Maybe sold at capital city f &v markets. Google if commercially grown in aus.
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.
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it's May 16th and I'm wanting to sow some okra seeds. Has anyone had success in zone 8b? Would love some tips, for i don't have much room so I do mostly containers, but I can make space if needed. Thanks so much Chuck Celestine

- Chuck Celestine

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