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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

03 Apr 18, NICK OOSTHUIZEN (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Looking for seeds in fochville area
11 Mar 18, Jennifer (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Hi, could okra be grown year round if grown in a temperature controlled tunnel?
27 Feb 18, Mohammed (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Is it too late to grow OKRA now in Sydney - Blacktown area
01 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Should be Ok by this website. It says plant up to Feb - today is only 1st March.
04 Mar 18, Jill (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Have been harvesting okra since last week Feb (Brisbane) but it's been really hot
16 Feb 18, Anette (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it too late to sow okra seed in Adelaide?
19 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
You are Temperate zone. It says plant by Jan - you can give it a try.
15 Feb 18, Hosheder (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I want to buy some okra seeds. Where can I buy them?
27 Mar 18, mark (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I buy my okra seeds from bunnings in Hamilton.
23 Feb 18, Larry Grigson (New Zealand - temperate climate)
just noticed an okra pod seeds germinated inside the pod.. in the friidge .... planted out now
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