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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

Raise seedlings in a similar way to capsicums - warmth is essential. Pick pods when they are about 5 - 8 cm (2-4 inches) long. Cut the stem below the pod with a knife. If the stem is too tough to cut then the pod is probably inedible!

Wear gloves when picking as okra are often covered in tiny irritating hairs (which disappear when cooked)

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Okra

Use pods cut or whole in soups or casseroles as a boiled vegetable, or stirfry. Freeze uncut okra pods for using later - they'll keep for months frozen.

Your comments and tips

26 Feb 19, Russell Byers (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi. Wondering whether okra is an annual,perennial or bi annual in the adelaide area and whether cold winter temps knock them back.
28 Feb 19, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Try an internet search - google or
27 Jan 19, Mrunal (Australia - temperate climate)
I had grow okra seed directly to my back yard in the soil on Dec 2018 last week but there is no any germination find out so please guide me for further perusal
29 Jan 19, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
You need warm weather without it being too hot. Read the above and maybe try again later this year.
24 Dec 18, Nkumbulo J. Ntshapha (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
As we are approaching the month of January, is it the right time for Okra? I'm in SA in KZN south coast. Thanking you in anticipation
18 Nov 18, Iman (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I moved to west Mackay last week. Where can I find Okra seeds to buy please? If ni space to plant at apartment what do you suggest ? Any farm or garden to rent a part if it? Thanks
04 Mar 19, Anna (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I got some okra seeds from the Asian Italian grocer on Shakespeare street.
01 Dec 18, Darcy (Australia - tropical climate) I get most of my seeds from there. They are quite cheap, I paid less than $2 for a small pack of okra seeds. They are Chem/pesticide free, non GMO etc and have a good selection of heirlooms too! Or, go to the Whitsundays markets in Mackay on a Wednesday morning, buy a bag of okra & harvest the seeds from them. Maybe plant into a big pot on a wheel base so u can move it in & out depending on the weather without hurting your back :)
18 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try Boondie Seeds. I have no idea about where to grow it - rent or farm - ask around or try pots.
10 Sep 18, Andy Mafata (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can i use okra for diabetes
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