Okra, Emerald

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For those of you in the South where I come from you will have no problem growing okra, but if like me you now find yourself in an area with cool summers like the Pacific Northwest growing okra can be a tricky business.  Try starting it in a greenhouse and transplanting into the garden about May.  At best you’ll get a taste of okra for a few weeks on stunted 2′ plants depending on your micro climate.  To improve your okra plants you need to improve the heat units.  To do that try planting next to heat sinks like houses, brick/rock walls or anything that will absorb and radiate heat.

Nutritional Value:
Okra contains vitamin A and calcium. The seeds are rich in protein and edible oil.

Sun:                             Full to partial
Spacing:                     12″
Height:                         36″-72″
Optimum Soil Ph:    6.5 – 7.5
Days To Maturity:     56
Sowing Method:       Directly Outdoors

Planting/Growing Tips:

  • Okra is from Africa.  Okra loves heat.  Days must be over 80F to produce decent crops.  The soil must be over 70F.  If you have cool summers wait to plant Okra at the end of May or 1st week in June.  Sow seeds 1″ deep.  If possible, plant next to heat sinks like rock walls or south sides of structures.  Try placing a few bricks or rocks at the base of established plants as heat sinks.
  • Once established Okra is very drought tolerant.  However, watering every 7-10 will produce higher yields. However don’t over water.  Okra does like drier soils than most of your veggies.
  • Ovoid planting Okra in wet, soggy soils.
  • Okra will grow best in soil that has been worked down to a level of 10″.
  • Thin plants to about a 12″ apart.
  • Fertilize your bed with composted manure before hand, but do not feed too much nitrogen was established.  This will cause luxuriant growth and few blooms/pods.





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