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Okra is a tall summer vegetable that grows well in a wide range of soil types. Immature okra pods can be fried, pickled or boiled for tasty dinner treats.
Okra has hibiscus like flowers on 4-6’ tall plants that add ornamental color to your garden or even used as an edible ornamental plant in your flower bed.
Okra is thought to have originated in the upper Nile region of Africa and was grown in Egypt in the 12th century A.D. Okra has become an integral part of southern cuisine in the U.S. especially in the Cajun and Creole cooking in Louisiana.
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 5′ 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