The pods make a delicious addition to soup and stews.
The pods make a delicious addition to soup and stews - we suggest rolling pods in corn-meal batter then frying. Okra thrives in warm soil and warm weather. Okra is in the same family as hibiscus and hollyhocks. Okra's 4-8 cm (2-3") wide white to yellow coloured flowers resemble hibiscus and as such, they also make a nice low maintenance ornamental. Okra is extremely heat and drought tolerant and can grow to 120 cm (48") in height. Annual
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How To Grow
20 seeds/gram Soak seed in tepid water overnight before sowing directly outdoors in late May/early June in a sunny site. Plant seed 1 cm (3/8") deep and 2.5 cm (1") apart in rows 90 cm (36") apart. Wide separation of rows is essential to prevent disease during hot, humid days. Thin seedlings to 45 cm (1.5') apart in the row. Irrigation is essential for best pod development. Okra flowers 60 days or so after germination. Pods form and grow quickly. Remove pods when at desired size. Pods are ready to harvest 10 days after flowering or sooner in hot weather. Old gristly pods are not palatable and inhibit formation of new pods.
Blooming Season Begins
Tender Perennial Grown as an Annual
Days to Emergence
10 to 17
Medium Tall %2850 to 100 cm%29%2820%22 to 39%22%29
Killed by Frost
Days to Harvest
Degree of Difficulty
Prior Experience Beneficial
Abelmoschus esculentus (sometimes as Hibiscus esculentus)
Seed pods are used as a thickening agent in soups and stews.
Low maintenance ornamental