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Growing Okra, also Ladyfinger, gumbo

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Okra in Australia - tropical regions)

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 20°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 35 - 60 cm 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

27 Aug 18, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Can Okra grown in the North West Tasmania with temp around low to mid 20 degrees. I enjoy your information.
28 Aug 18, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Most of Tassie is cool/mountain. No planting guide here - too cold probably. 20 degrees - summer/winter - day or night temp????? Google and read up about TRYING to grow in cool/cold climate.
23 Aug 18, Komal (Australia - arid climate)
Hi I l lives in NSW. Last year I planted okra. I got lots of okra, but now only stem are left. No leafs. Should I germinate seeds again or wait for leafs n flower?
24 Aug 18, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The species is a perennial, often cultivated as an annual in temperate climates, and often grows to around 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall. It is related to such species as cotton, cocoa, and hibiscus. Google it if you need more info.
14 Jun 18, Rae (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi I have very alkaline soils - will okra grow well enough in this. Any suggestions of what to add to keep them happy? Cheers R
15 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google - how to change alkaline soils and read up. Different ways of going about it. Chemicals - compost - manures etc.
27 Feb 18, Mohammed (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Is it too late to grow OKRA now in Sydney - Blacktown area
01 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Should be Ok by this website. It says plant up to Feb - today is only 1st March.
04 Mar 18, Jill (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Have been harvesting okra since last week Feb (Brisbane) but it's been really hot
16 Feb 18, Anette (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it too late to sow okra seed in Adelaide?
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