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Growing Okra, also Ladyfinger, gumbo

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P P P P P P      

(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
    Okra on flowering plant

In warm districts okra can be sown in garden beds. Raise seedlings in a similar way to capsicums - warmth is essential. Pick pods within a week of flowers opening - at about 5 - 8 cm long. Pods become tough and inedible if left too long.

Pods have a high gum content so do not appeal to everyone.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Okra

Use pods fresh or dried in soups or casseroles or as a boiled vegetable.

Your comments and tips

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?
19 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
You are Temperate zone. It says plant by Jan - you can give it a try.
07 Feb 18, John Manousso (Australia - temperate climate)
Can you please tell me how to grow Okra the best way in the Liverpool area... what do I need prepare to plant the seeds once they germinate. Thank...John
07 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
A garden bed should be started to be made ready 4-6 weeks before you plant seeds or seedlings in it. Dig it over several times adding compost manures grass clippings lime and some fertiliser if you wish. By the time you plant you should have nice friable soil. By the guide here you should have planted seeds Oct/Nov and have planted seedlings Dec/Jan. So you plant out seedlings 4-6 weeks after they germinate. Give it a go.
08 Jan 18, Kathy Lather (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can you please tell me where I can find this vegetable to try and also the seed to plant. On the Gold Coast thanks
09 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Boondie seeds have it. On the internet.
02 Jan 18, Margaret (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I want to plant Okra right now, May be too late. Please advise. thanks
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