Traditionally grown in the Southern US, okra is a warmer weather plant. It’s easy to grow and is rich in Vitamin A without many calories. The beautiful white and yellow flowers add a touch of beauty to your garden.
How to Grow Okra:
- Seeds should be started indoors in peat pots 3-4 weeks before your last spring frost.
- Plant the okra seed about a half inch below the surface of the soil.
- It’s recommended to start your okra directly in your garden soil as they don’t always transplant well.
- Plant directly into the garden 3-4 weeks before your last spring frost date.
- Use a cold frame 2-3 feet tall to allow plants to grow while being protected.
- Plant ½ inch to 1 inch deep and 6-8 inches apart in fertile, well-drained soil with full sun.
- Thin plants to 10-18 inches apart when they reach 3 inches tall.
- Begin hardening off at least 10 days before you plan to transplant.
- Soil should be 65-70 degrees F before planting outside without a cold frame or cover of some sort.
- Space 12-24″ apart in rows spaced 3-4 feet apart.
- When Okra gets to be 6-8 inch in length, harvest every other day with sharp scissors or knife just above cap.
- After first harvest, remove lower leaves to increase production.
- Store uncut and uncooked in freezer bags in the freezer.
- Keep young plants weeded and mulch to prevent more from growing. Side dress plants with rich compost.
- Keep your watering consistent and water at least 1 inch per week, more if you have some exceptionally dry days.
Pests to Watch For:
- Corn Earworms
- Stink Bugs
- Fusarium Wilt