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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

15 Feb 18, Hosheder (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I want to buy some okra seeds. Where can I buy them?
15 Feb 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Try a search on-line for 'seed suppliers'
09 Jan 18, David (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have a new glasshouse and wonder whether I will be able to grow okra in this. Any tips? thanks
04 Oct 17, David Reade (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Source of seeds, young plants in Wellington? And how wet and wind tolerant are they?
22 Nov 17, InWelly (New Zealand - temperate climate)
seeds at Bunnings Mitre10 etc germinate easy inside so far no successful transplants tho
07 Oct 17, Julia (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
seeds available online from various sellers and all post nz wide :)
09 Jun 17, Dale (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
...can you tell me what time of the year is suitable for planting okra ..
12 Jun 17, Jack (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sow seed in trays in August/September and transplant out in October/November
30 Nov 12, Dennis patuwairua (New Zealand - temperate climate)
where can I purchase okra plants in New Zealand
23 Dec 12, Lee (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Usually I find plants at local markets, otherwise have to start from seed. Yates, Kings and Egmont have okra seeds of various types. The last lot of plants I bought were from a grower in Rama Rama, which is considerably further south than here, but much flatter and further from the sea so their climate can be quite dry and hot. I've never seen okra sold as plants or seedlings at generic garden centres. This may be because I live in urban Auckland and the weather is borderline for growing okra - first sign of coldness and they halt and sometimes never start growing again. Humid conditions can also attract powdery mildew here.
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