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Growing Okra, also Ladyfinger, gumbo

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Not recommended for growing in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions

  • 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 68°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 14 - 24 inches 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

10 Sep 18, Andy Mafata (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can i use okra for diabetes
27 Aug 18, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Can Okra grown in the North West Tasmania with temp around low to mid 20 degrees. I enjoy your information.
28 Aug 18, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Most of Tassie is cool/mountain. No planting guide here - too cold probably. 20 degrees - summer/winter - day or night temp????? Google and read up about TRYING to grow in cool/cold climate.
23 Aug 18, Komal (Australia - arid climate)
Hi I l lives in NSW. Last year I planted okra. I got lots of okra, but now only stem are left. No leafs. Should I germinate seeds again or wait for leafs n flower?
24 Aug 18, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The species is a perennial, often cultivated as an annual in temperate climates, and often grows to around 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall. It is related to such species as cotton, cocoa, and hibiscus. Google it if you need more info.
14 Aug 18, Kay Patena (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where can I get okra. I live in Hamilton New Zealand.
17 Aug 18, Jenelyn (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I bought my okra seeds from trade me but I saw okra seed selling at bunnings warehouse and ordering garden centre
15 Aug 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
You can buy okra seeds from any reputable online seed seller e.g. Egmont Seeds.
07 Jul 18, Nomuds (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi I like to know if you have okra leaves. I'm in Phoenix Durban and my contact number is 0713019787
14 Jun 18, Rae (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi I have very alkaline soils - will okra grow well enough in this. Any suggestions of what to add to keep them happy? Cheers R
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