Texas Hill Country Red Okra

Hill_Country_Red_OkraTexas Hill Country Red Okra

Hill Country Red is a Texas heirloom okra variety. This unique type of okra has 3-6″ fruit that is red and greenwith red stems.  Though it looks a bit different than the usual green, it is bursting with great okra flavor. This variety is also great for pickling.

Okra is a heat loving plant that produces large, attractive, yellow flowers. Plant Okra after the danger of frost has passed when the soil temperature has warmed to 62 degrees (usually around mid to late April). Okra planted too late in the spring may remain vegetative until late summer or early fall. Prior to planting, apply 3-4 pounds per 100 feet of row of a complete fertilizer such as 10-20-10. Okra matures in 48-60 days. Harvest pods when they are 2-4″ long. Pick pods every other day. When the stem is difficult to cut, the pod is too old to use.

Spacing: Plant 6” apart in 40″ rows.

Height: Grows 4′ to 6′ tall.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Outstanding Features: Okra just tastes darn good.

Tips: Picking the pods regularly will not only ensure fresher quality but will also encourage new growth.

Uses: Garden Vegetable/Fruit

**Picture courtesy of www.reimerseeds.com

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